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Project: Village talk

The local representative and Volunteers of Bweyogerere Village yesterday paticipated in a demosntration exercise for mopping-up plastic wastes in Natete, a suburb of Rubaga division of Kampala city. The exercise that was organised by the Uganda manufacturer's association has been previuosly launched in Luzira and Nakawa Divisions.

The objective was to demonstrate to government that plastic manufacturers have the capacity to promote responsible management of Kaveera (plastic bags of thickness less than 30 microns) whose manufacturing and importation into the country was banned by government during the reading of the budget for this year. The manfacturers urged the State Minister for Water who was the guest of honour to inform the government and paliarment that banning of kaveera is not the solution. Rather the public should be educated on proper waste management.

However, the occassion was attended by only the plastic manufacturers, plastic bussinessmen and waste recyling companies. Civil society organisations and local residents were consipituosly missing. There was only one local leader (LCI Chairman), and this reflected a lack of capacity for the part of the Association to mobilize the community.

Bweyogerere village was invited to participate in this event by the Director of pipeline design and foam industries after he recieved our letter requesting his organisation to support our Zero Waste Campaign which will be in September 2009. He appreciated our proposed implementation approach and noted that this could be a solution for the entire country. As a result, he urged the Uganda Manufacturers Association to support this initiative on Monday last week.

Yesterday, NICRAD volunteers could not hide the excitement when it was publicly announced that the association has now selected Bweyogerere for the next launch of the waste mop-up campaign. The chairman of the Uganda manufacturer's Association, Mr Kiberu particularly requested NICRAD to hurry with the preparations so that the launch can be implemented early September.

In response, a proposal and budget was prepared and submitted this morning. We are now awaiting the news of the meeting with the excutive committee that will sit to review the proposal later this week. Fingers crossed!!!


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This is a great step forward. It's these kinds of partnership and support that all Nabuur villages aspire to. I hope it is a positive outcome Walude :)



Yesterday the Uganda Manufacturers Association invited us to a half morning meeting in which they evaluated the launch at Nateete and other Divions of Luzira and Nakawa. They also looked at their income and used this to project the implications for expansion (including the possibility of working in Bweyogerere). The outcomes are outlined below:

AA: They note that the launches in Nakawa and Luzira divisions were partially successfull. The level of success was especially highlighted for Luzira by officials of pipeline design and foam industries who have hired men to pick all types of plastics from waste collection points along the highway bwetween Nakawa and Portbell. The company created collection points along the highway by placing a collection of perforated drums at regular intervals. Poeple bring their waste (unsorted) at the waste collection points while the hired men do the sorting to isolate the platics. The rest of the waste is however burnt. However, despite this level of success, there have been no efforts to cover the entire communities in the villages located within the division.

BB: The Launch of the clean-up exercise in Natete was seen as a success although members noted that the absence of politicians from Rubaga Division where the launch site is located and a small number of local residents who attended indicated a big social mobilisation problem. Members also noted that during the launch, emphasis was placed on picking only plastics and leaving other forms of waste (wet or bio-degradable) which was not a good practice. In Rubaga Division, WASTENET, an NGO will be supported by UMA to collect all plastics for recycling. WASTENET has hired volunteers to collect all the waste in each village located in the Division and deliver to OMEGA Industries, a waste recyling plant. However, arrangements to manage the other type of wastes were not clear. WASTENET also plans to address the aspects of behavior change and negative attitudes towards waste management through radio talk shows and TV docuemntaries. This approach was opposed by the Mayor of Rubaga Division because he doesnt see how his residents will benefit from this arrangement. However, UMA officials have resolved to persist with its implementation and are hopefull that the local leaders will be supportive.

CC: The budgets for rolling out planned activities were reviewed and this included:
(i) The one for WASTENET to roll out its planned activities after the launch which was estimated at Ug.Shs 67,000,000 per month for about three months covering 13 parishes with 135 villages and;
(ii) The one for launching the planned wase Mop-up Week in Bweyogerere which was estimated at Uganda Shs 71,000,000 as a one off cost covering one parish with 07 villages.

After a thorough review of the budget for WASTENET, the officials noted that they could only afford Ug.shs 50,000,000 per month to support the roll out of the clean-up exercise in Rubaga Division. They also informed members that despite pledges by variuos manfacturers, the remittances had not come in time and they were worried off making further commitments on this basis.

This meant that the commitment to support Bweyogerere had to be differed (especially as it is outside Kampala area) and the plans to expand to other divisions in Kampala had to be cancelled. Bweyogerere village was advised not to give-up their good approach but to seek for resources elsewhere.

The result of this meeting means that we will now redirect our resource mobilisation strategy elsewhere and think less of targeting manufacturers and importers of plastics. Other targets for fundraising will now include NEMA and local embassies




Hi Walude,

To overcome the 'big social mobilisation problem' as you mentioned above, efforts could be made to form committees at the village level. Each committee could represent one village. Members in each committee could be a mix of young, old, men, women, students, etc so that each committee fairly represents a cross-section of the residents of the village. Each of these committees needs to be involved at the grassroots level in all zero-waste events. These committees will in turn mobilize others in their immediate social environment. This is how the missing link will get connected in your effort.




A significant number of IEC materials were developed and used in community education trials among the youths. These include photographs of existing waste dump sites, Illustrations (domestic waste management guidelines, single behavior posters, and a chart illustrating a sustainable management system). We will continue to improve these as the youths use them in the community.

The project has been able to raise awareness in the community on the issue of poor waste management and what requires to be done. Weekly meetings have been held with youth club leaders while individual meetings were held with 10 youth clubs and 04 netball clubs. During the meetings, a number of issues were raised including: the need more intense meetings with youths to ensure they fully own the project; the importance of mobilizing landlords who will donate land for communal compost pits; the need to obtain gazzeted land for disposal of wet waste and for building a waste recycling center.

The youths have also produced community maps detailing the location of communal waste dump units and other key feautres such as schools, churches, mosques, health centres and markets. The community maps are being used to plan for waste improvement campaign and will also be used as a monitoring tool.

We also participated in the launch of the cleaning of PLASTIC WASTES in Natete, a Kampala suburb. During this event, we notified the officials of our intetions to launch a simial campaign in Bweyogerere and this was annaounced publicly. We were later invited to share our project at one of the Uganda Manufacturers' Plastic Waste Management Meeting.

Through weekly meetings, the plan for launching the waste mop-up week was finalized. The tentative date for the launch had been proposed for 12th September 2009. However, resources for implementing the plan have been hard to come by. As a result, we are changing the strategy to start with activities that require minimal funds but aim to start minimal income generation. This will enable the youths to start implementing some of their planned activities. A meeting will be held with youths to revisit the implementation approach.

Our resource mobilization strategy aimed at reaching out to private organizations engaged in manufactiring and sell of plastics to support the waste mop-up week. However, the exercise was more of a sensitization drive in which the target organizations only appreciated the initiative but did not have the resources at the ready to support its implementation. The Uganda Manufacturers Association came close to supporting the event but were limited by resources.

However, one of the industries is willing to work with us to support the buying of plastics including Kaveera. We are already planning on working with youths to beggin collecting this type of wastes for direct sales. We will also find avenues of generating income from other types of waste including paper, organic manure and biogas.

Following a general failure in cooporate fundraising, we would now like to target local embassies for larger grants. These will be achieved through writing and submitting proposals. Through Nabuur Neighbour Carolyn DV, we have already been able to edit the first proposal and will soon be submitting to one of the local embassies. More proposals will be developed and submitted in this month.




Dear Neighbours,
As you may have noticed, this website has been quiet for approximately two months now. We apologise for keeping you not updated on the progress of issues but we entered into the resource mobilisation phase which was difficult to report on. Below is a brief of what has been tanspiring since then.

No activity took place for this task over the period. The graphic artist left his working area and accessing him has been a little difficult as he has to find a new working area and acquire new equipment. Neighbours that are interested in this task, can indicate their interest here.

After several meetings with youth leaders, it was agreed that the implementation strategy was now clear and what is left is acquiring minimal resources to roll-out the camapign. Therefore, activities with youths were temporarily put on hault until we obtain resources for rolling out their planned activities. Over the last two months we have been focused on resource mobilisation (at the expense of social mobilization).

This activity was also postponed to a future date as resources to implement it have been hard to come by.

Proposals were submitted to the following organisations:
(1) The British High Commission (BHC)
(2) The French Embassy
(3) The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
(4) Australian AID (AUSAID)

We already recieved a regret from the British High Commission requesting us to look elsewhere for the required resources. They however praised the quality of proposal and noted the good intentions of the project but noted that this was outside their priority.

We have been joined by two students from Gomarus College, Netherlands, Frederike Sikkema and Jitske Wiersma who have started a project on the Zero Waste Campaign for Bweyogerere with the World Partnership School.

Frederike and Jitske are welcome and we will soon work out details of their actual assignment. I am currently looking for information on the kind of chemicals that pollute ground water supplies in Bweyogerere to help them complete plans for their research task.

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Dear Neighbours,

It is more than a year since we were last in touch and I would now like to reactivate transactions for this project. As you will note from the threads above, a major reason for stalling the project has been a lack of resources. Several efforts have since been made to ensure this project recieves the required resources and below is an update of the outcomes:

AA: Students from the World Partnership school (Frederike Sikkema & Jitske Wiersma) completed the design of the zero waste campaign materials and guidelines. These will be usefull in assisting the youth to promote their programme, work through schools and manage toxic and wet wastes. The guidelines include a well laid out drama skit, a game, the use of posters, waste competition through art, a schematic layout of an incenenerator, public toilet design. This is an incredible resource and we will do everything possible to ensure the guidelines are implemented to benefit the target communities.

BB: A project entilted BWEYOGERERE YOUTH SPORTS AND ENVIRONMENT RESOURCE CENTRE was submitted on as a response to the Gamechangers competitions. As a follow-up gamechangers has now invited us to participate in the second round of the competition by answering a set of questions. The deadline for submission will be on 3rd December 2010. The final results of this stage will be anounced at the end of the month (December 2010).

CC: The Zero waste Project was successfully submitted on GLOBALGIVING after satisfying the due deligence requirements. We are now waiting for the final news of approval the project to pave way for us to participate in the December Open Challenge (29th Nov - 22nd December). We are looking for potential supporters of the project to help in fundraising. If interested please contact us on

DD: Through Children's Hope Africa Foundation, our village hosted a team from Children's World International. The team performed a number of events for children of Prolife, one of our community partners whose members are HIV positive and have come out openly to speak about their status as way of addressing stigma and providing psychosocial support to each other. A total of 160 children and 50 parents attended the show. The children had fun all day and were able to directly perform some of the events themselves.

This is the first time for the children to have had such an opportunity and this approach is a powerful psychosocial support tool for children from such families. At the end of the show, the team donated a parachute and a ball that will be used to organize similar performances in different communities in the future. Our village is very greatful to the team that organized this event and recommend arrangements for future similar assignments to include training local staff here to repeat some of the performances. Kudos to Jeniffer who acted on behalf of the organizing team to share with us this information. We would have missed a great opportunity.

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