Kampala, Uganda – Ruparelia Foundation together with partners will this Friday hand over a modal Shs50 million Eco toilet to the Good Samaritan Primary School, in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb.
The fully furnished sanitary facility was built using proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat Races 2019 which was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in partnership with Tamarai investments ltd and Ghetto Research Lab-contractor.
Speaking to Africa Tembelea, last year, Ruparelia Group Managing Director, Rajiv Ruparelia said the royal ascot goat races event was not only about fun but also a way of giving back to the needy under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He went on to stress the importance of good sanitation not just to Good Samaritan Primary School but to the entire country.
“We can’t defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague our country until we have also won the battle for sanitation, and basic health care. Cleanliness and good sanitation in schools is a matter of high importance,” Rajiv said on Friday, December 6, 2019 as he thanked the other sponsors that included Tusker Larger, Robbialac, Speke Resort Munyonyo, NTV Uganda, Sanyu FM and Goldstar Insurance.
On her part, Naiya Ruparelia, another trustee of the Ruparelia Foundation notes that this project is aimed at reducing Plastic pollution in Kamwokya slum area, provide sanitary facilities to Good Samaritan Orphanage Primary School, improve hygiene and sanitation in the community, as well as protect and conserve the environment while helping to restore beneficial uses of plastic waste management as outlined in the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Waste Management act.
Africa Tembelea understands that to date, over 13,200,000 plastic bags have been removed from the environment, with 22,000 Plastic bottles recycled and used to make bricks to build the toilets.
“I invite each and every to come and witness the magnificent work done,” Noah Kisira, the Head Teacher Good Samaritan Primary, said in a call to parents and the public.
According to the Ghetto Research Lab Founder Patrick Mujuzi, over 500 pupils are now saved from a possible school closure by health officials that would have happened due to inadequate sanitary facilities.
He, goes on to say that, 100 community members have earned from building the structure, while 50 others have got skills of making bricks by stuffing plastic bottles with plastic bags.
Alongside other partners, Sheena Ruparelia from the Ruparelia Foundation says plans are underway to put up 5 more similar projects in other parts of the country. This she said is being done to help reach out to more communities while positively impacting the environment.
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Ghetto Research Lab (GRL) of Uganda undertakes a range of projects that improve the lives of impoverished residents while helping to solve the challenges associated with environmental pollution.
What could seem like garbage of others becomes its scientific tool. It turns what would otherwise be waste into urban farming opportunities, building materials and a sense of community. As a research lab, it learns by doing and through trial and error, not with the advantage of advanced equipment.