Rajiv Ruparelia, a trustee of Ruparelia Foundation, has expressed interest to build 50 more eco-friendly toilets in different parts of Uganda serving underprivileged communities as a way of promoting healthy living and saving the environment.
He was speaking at an event where Ruparelia Foundation handed over the eco brick toilet project to residents of Nsooba cell in Mulago III, Kamwokya. The toilet, which has been constructed using bricks made out of plastic bottles, will also benefit Good Samaritan Primary School.
He said the project was chosen due to its sustainability in nature and its positive impact on the environment while helping the local community to earn a living through skills and knowledge transfer. Plastic bottles were stuffed with polytherene commonly known as kaveera collected from dustbins.
“This project is going to help very many children to go back to school and it’s this facility that the whole community will benefit from because now they have where to put human waste. We are planning 50 more of such projects in the country,” Rajiv said.
The toilet facility was built using proceeds from the 2019 Royal Ascot Goat Races held at Speke Resort Munyonyo with Ghetto Research Lab also the project contractor. Construction of the project commenced on December 6th 2019 but delayed due to COVID- 19 pandemic.
Patrick Mujuzi, Founder Ghetto Research Lab Uganda, said the project is going to be a solution to the environmental challenges in the ghetto and the diseases that arise due to poor hygiene.
“When I came to this ghetto, 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. This partnership with Ruparelia Foundation is a big boost, he said.
The objectives of the project are to empower the youth with hands-on skills through research on composted manure, technology, urban/smart farming vocational training and employment opportunities and to preserve, protect and propagate the significance of sustainable development of maintaining ecological balance through tree planting and urban farming.
Other objectives are to improve sanitation within the slum areas through waste recycling and achieve the green agenda through environmental conservation by recycling the plastics and polytherene into eco-bricks, plastic pavers, flower pots, plastic rooftops etc.
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