Recycling isn’t something that is really done here, at least on a large scale, as there is no organized collection service currently happening in the city whatsoever. Bottles are sometimes reclaimed by manufactures but aside from that everything just gets thrown away for the most part, while in many areas where there is no trash collection people just burn their trash. However, this program sets out to change that, as we are trying to introduce this recycling campaign.
The Program’s Slogan: “Turning bottles into Books!” (Thanks to Curtis Gardner)
The ReCYCLE Service was launched on April 6th in several neighborhoods around Maseru. In just over three months, we have over 35 customers, 6 of which are businesses. Meanwhile, we hope to keep the momentum rolling & bring in more customers, as we have growing interest in our program. The program has customers make a monthly donation to have their recycling picked up once a week. Households pay R100 & Businesses pay R200.
In terms of some of the youth we work with, Kick4Life already has a program in which we provide care & support to OVC’s living on the streets of Maseru. Our OVC Care & Support Initiative seeks to provide HIV & Life-skills education to these youth, while evaluating their well-being through Child Status Index(CSI). As a result of the OVC Care & Support Program, we have been able to bring some of these youth into this ReCYCLE Initiative, where they earn meals, education costs, clothes & other care & support through a unique point system that rewards them for the time they put in. Several of our guys are in the process of raising funds to pay for their secondary school tuition, which is expensive as the government does not pay for it here in Lesotho. Currently we are working with 12 guys between the ages of 15 – 21, eight of whom are currently living on the streets. Hopefully with time, we can change that.
Presently Lesotho is home to the world’s third highest HIV adult prevalence rate, at 23.6%. As a result, the country is home to an estimated 120,000 orphans. In a country of under 2 million people, 120,000 orphans is very scary, as it paints perspective on to the effect that HIV/AIDS has on this tiny kingdom tucked away in the mountains of South Africa.
Thanks to donations of second hand bicycles as well as new, along with scrap metal that was welded into trailers, this program is off & running. If you have any ideas or want to make any type of contribution to this program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Our ReCYCLE Collectors getting ready to their rounds.|
|Saby doin' work!|
|Refiloe & the rest of the crew looking on.|
|Me & some of the guys after a road safety training!|