Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
My little friend Uche, age 8 years is an Asthmatic patient. He came back from school on 20th March, 2015 and incidentally that faithful afternoon around 2:30 pm the thick Smoke from this Dump site close to our house starts bellowing gradually into the sky with the smoke filtering into our room. I carefully looked my windows just to take my siesta; only for me to hear some people shouting and crying in my neighbour's house. I rushed in to see what's happening and behold my little Uche on the floor gasping for air. We tried inhaler and it refused to work. We rushed him to hospital, on getting there Uche Died. Who is to blame?. Who constantly sets fire on the dump?. No own took responsibility. This is Why we took it upon ourselves to stop this
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Due to our poor Waste management and Re-conversion system in our community, Waste at Dump sites are Burnt to ashes and when this is done, the thick Smoke that evolves from this Dump sites causes serious Environmental and air Pollution causing many children, Nursing Mothers and the elderly to always fall sick with illnesses such as Asthma, Bronchitis, Meningitis, Cholera, .., and even shock from Heat wave.
By collecting these Recyclable Plastics for supplies to Recycling companies, we have greatly reduced the rate at which these materials are now been burnt. We have also created Jobs for 20 Youths to assist us in gathering these waste plastics from various dump sites while we pay them salary to help them put food on their tables to feed their families and also train their wards.
As a Skills Facilitator for the National Youth Service (NYSC), I help to train Nigerian Youths on Skills.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We simply go into these dump sites and pick up the Non Biodegradable Waste Materials (Plastics). This have stopped the indiscriminate burning of these waste plastics which emit gases that depletes the Ozone Layer (Carbon di-oxide, Methane Gases etc) and which are very poisonous for people to inhale. We are indirectly helping make the air (Oxygen) safer for over 5 million people within our community to inhale.
However, we hope to use Automated Machines 5 years from now to helps us sort these Waste, Crush into Granules and Extrude into reusable products.