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Environment & Nature Conservation Assistants BUVAD

BUVAD

Environment & Nature Conservation Assistants
Kampala, Uganda BUVAD NGO | BUVAD
Educating indigenous communities about the need to conserve the environment and boosting the training team in constructing rain water tanks using waste plastic bottles.

Project Details

We build rain water harvesting tanks with waste plastic bottles as bricks and also train communities to conserve nature in Kayunga Uganda.

Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD) is an indigenous founded organisation, which started way back in 2006, in a small village of Butakoola in Kayunga District - Uganda and has built its legacy from a humble beginning as a grassroots community to a national Non-Governmental, Non Political and Non-Religious Organisation, Registration No: S.5914/8930, with a unique innovational - intervention approach, addressing a key communal-national and international challenge of accumulating carelessly disposed waste plastic bottles in focus of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals namely;- 7 (Ensure Environmental Sustainability), 1( Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger) 8( Global Partnership for Development), 3(Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women). 

This is an integrated approach that addresses the following thematic objectives ; -

 a) Environmental protection through total removal of the hazardous waste plastic bottles that suffocate the soil not to decompose and encourage plant growth. Carelessly littered waste plastic bottles end up eroded into lakes, seas, oceans, rivers and other water bodies hence polluting them, denying human access to safe water and a thriving life for the aquatic nature. Also, our waste plastic bottles’ total removal approach avoids mishaps that result from the common local removal practice of burning like; emission of carbon gas and other toxic fumes that instead pollute the environment, denting the ozone layer and producing toxic rain all with affectious effects like; global warming, human cancers and deaths, animals deaths and nature depletion  .

 b) Human rights protection through increasing safe water storage levels, improving water, sanitation and hygiene levels in schools and households, ensuring a health schools atmosphere for the school children at the 24 targeted beneficiary schools and may be more in future, improving the educational and skill levels of bottle brick trained participants.  

c) Animal protection through encouraging re-afforestation and water bodies protection against waste plastic bottles that revitalizes habitation and multiplication ground for wild game, aquatic nature especially the endangered species.

Meanwhile, our approach addresses several other key goals of the millennium development goals (MDGs) like; improved access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation, child care and protection, women empowerment through training them to construct with bottle bricks, improvement of educational standards of both the adult and children.

We disseminate this innovational way of controlling waste plastic bottles’ accumulation to the rest of Ugandans, conducting training workshops that address disseminating basic information on environmental management of land and aquatic nature, annually targeting at least 300 participants at 6 selected community primary schools in Kayunga District of Uganda, per year, over a period of 4 years, along with creation of 6 trainees' community chains - water tanks construction cooperatives comprising of 50 members each per year and 24 over 4 years, targeting the construction of 1200 water harvesting tanks for 1200 beneficiary community households within this same period of 4 years. By the end of the 4 years training period, 24 school water tanks of 10,000 liters capacity shall have been constructed at 24 training workshop host schools. We have completed the first year workshops in  2016 .

We do conduct monthly monitoring, quarterly review meetings with project staff and beneficiaries, midterm review and conduct an end of project evaluation. Dissemination of findings is done quarterly to beneficiary communities,  partner organizations, and our member networks’ Medias for information sharing.


The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
2000
Contact Person
Stephen Ssemutumba
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Skills/Education:

BUVAD has  conducted 6 Bottle Brick and Nature conservation workshops in Kayunga which have enriched 472 participants with bottle brick technology and nature conservation basic skills. 6 trainees' community chains - water tanks construction cooperatives each comprising of a minimum of 50 member households, have been created.

Workshop participants have been able to learn that the prolonged droughts and irregular rains in their regions are not as a result of the ongoing superstitions that its always due to witch craft by some community members; but as a result of their own environmental depleting activities like burning of waste plastics, spraying with chemicals, gas emissions from cars and factories, uncontrolled cutting down of trees without replacements among others.

Nature/Environmental Conservation:

Participants to BUVAD  workshops have been able to learn the significance of wild life despite the fact that wild game has always been seen at only the angle of life threat other than positively as useful. They also learnt that careless littering of used plastic bottles has led to these used plastic bottles flowing into rivers and lakes like Lake Victoria, polluting the waters and reducing on the multiplication rate of aquatic nature like fish, hence the cause of its current scarcity though a delicacy for most. Indeed there was need for this kind of intervention among others to protect the waters from pollution.

The hazardous methods of waste plastic bottles’ disposal by burning or careless littering have been discarded by the participant communities.

 

Health:

Having learnt that constructing their own rain water harvesting tanks using waste plastic bottles as bricks will increase on safe water supply levels and improve on the deteriorating health status in their regions, the workshops attendees have started collecting waste plastic bottles that are carelessly littered in their communities, to build their own rain water harvesting tanks in different capacities depending on their resources and financial back ground. The participants have learnt that by increasing on the safe water supply this will reduce on the incidence rate of water, hygiene and sanitation related diseases, which also will help them save on their daily expenditures to improve on their incomes.

Child Protection:

Six model training bottle brick rain water harvesting tanks have been donated to six schools of Nawandagala Primary school, Nabuganyi Primary School, Nakirubi Victory Primary School, Ssezibwa Primary school, Kayunga Mixed Primary School and Nongo Primary School in Kayunga District. Each of these schools comprises of more than 600 children. This donation is protecting them from dangers like rape, kidnap, drowning in pools, snake bites among others at the original distant water sources.

 

Behavioral Change:

It has caused behavioral change among community members whereby ;-

-          Community members in the Bottle brick and nature conservation workshop communities have started emulating the new innovation. They no longer carelessly liter waste plastic bottles after learning to re-use them in building affordable rain water harvesting tanks. Workshop participants now look at waste plastic bottles with a positive thinking to re-use them to build rain water harvesting tanks.

-          Workshop participants have developed a sense of respect towards nature.

Women have developed confidence and practically learnt to build, against the local cultural belief within central Uganda that it’s a taboo for women to build.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals