Ruparelia Foundation hands over eco-sanitary facilities made from plastic waste to a Kampala slum schools.
the project was chosen due to its sustainability in nature and its positive impact on the environment while helping local community to earn a living through skills and knowledge transfer and to save the school from being shut down.
The Ruparelia Foundation has turned the once plastic waste infested Kampala slums into an opportunity for the schools and the residents.
Through the Ruparelia foundation eco-toilet project, the foundation together with partners including The Ghetto Research Lab, Tamarai, Flip Flop are to hand over more than 50 toilets to schools in the slum areas of Kampala.
The hand over has started with Good Samaritan Primary school in Kamwokya.
The sanitary eco-toilets to Good Samaritan Primary school in Kamwokya, Nsooba cell in Mulago III, is expected to benefit 500 underprivileged pupils of Good Samaritan Primary school which has been running without toilets and local residents in the neighbourhood.
The facilities were built using proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races 2019 held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in partnership with Tamarai investments ltd and Ghetto Research Lab also the project contractor.
Its construction commenced on December 6th 2019 but delayed due to COVID- 19 pandemic.
While handing over the project, Rajiv Ruparelia one of the trustees of Ruparelia Foundation said the project was chosen due to its sustainability in nature and its positive impact on the environment while helping local community to earn a living through skills and knowledge transfer and to save the school from being shut do
wn due to lack of sanitary facilities.
“This project is going to help very many children, girls and women to go back to school and it’s this facility that the whole community will benefit because now they have where to put the human waste” Mr Rajiv Ruparelia said.
He also explained that this project has helped to reduce plastic pollutants in Kamwokya slum area because plastic bottles have been collected and turned into bricks as a way of restoring beneficial uses of plastic waste management as outlined in the KCCA Waste Management act.
According to Rajiv Ruparelia, the foundation plans to put in place 50 more projects like the one of Kamwokya across Uganda as a way of reaching to more communities while positively impacting the environment.
Patrick Mujuzi the founder of Ghetto research lab who is also the contractor says he came in this slum area 12 years back after completing his education from Kyambogo University.
“I found when the environment was at risk because of plastic wastes which were being disposed into the area and some were being carried by the running water”. Mujuzi said.
Mujuzi added that through a friend, they thought of solution of building using plastic bottles the project he says is now employing 500 women in the area and men to earn a living.
The project has seen 13,200,000 plastic bags removed from the environment, 22,000 Plastic bottles recycled and used to make bricks to build the toilets, 500 pupils saved from school closure by health officials because of no sanitary facilities.
Also 100 community members have earned from building the structure, 50 community members acquired skills of making bricks by stuffing plastic bottles with plastic bags while 13.2 tons of plastic were recycled and 10 toilets built.
The Headmaster of Good Samaritan Primary school, while receiving the facility said that it’s going to impact the school and the surrounding people while preserving the environment.