CareSumatra's Dream For A Litter Free Future
Join the fight against plastic waste and litter! Help local communities save Sumatra's rainforests by keeping them clean and healthy!
“I have a dream… I want my younger brother, my nieces and nephews, and maybe one day my children, to grow up and have a future in our village. I want them to play and swim in our river. I want them to enjoy the magnificent jungle, the nature and wildlife that are only steps away.” (Santa, Porli village, Sumatra)
On World Clean Up Day , CareSumatra launched its waste collection project around Porli village in Sumatra, which neighbours one of the most biodiverse and threatened rainforests in the world, home to endangered Sumatran Orangutans, Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants.
World Clean up day is the world's largest one-day civic action to engage every country in the world in cleaning up their environments! By supporting this action, you'll help these forest fringe communities to preserve this biodiversity occurring in this fragile wildlife biolink, adjacent to the UNESCO Heritage Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra.
Why we need Your Help
We are passionate about reducing waste polluting this beautiful and threatened ecosystem and we need your help! Without your support, the barriers to responsible waste management and disposal for the local people is simply too high!
There are currently no bins or rubbish collection services in this area. Many locals still throw their plastics and waste on the ground, in the river or are burning it as there are no alternatives.
CareSumatra's innovative litter program provides waste management services that are not currently available in the villages bordering this forest. This community-led program is very cost effective, making a huge difference with very little outlay.
What your donation will help achieve
1. Building bins around the villages using recycled tyres. Tyre-bins are an easy solution that enables people in the village to dispose of their rubbish while also addressing another waste problem by recycling old tyres which end up as hazardous waste. Buying the old tyres, making and painting the tyre-bins and installing them through out the community only costs 120.000 rupiah (approx $12 AUD) to make one bin!
2. Employ local people to clear the bins and recycle the plastics and waste each week. This is a very affordable way to provide waste services in the village and much needed jobs for local people.
Soft plastics are sorted, washed and upcycled into new bags, baskets and mats by the local women.
Single use plastic water bottles and other plastic waste are sorted, washed and made into ecobricks, which are then used for community projects and to build ecobrick toilet blocks.
3. Providing signage and small billboards to educate how to sort waste and promote the use of bins. The cost for the billboards is approximately 300.000 rupiah ($30 AUD).
Your donation will allow us to continue to support this waste management program. The more funds we receive, the more we can do!
We would love to take our waste management program to other forest fringe communities that currently have no way to manage their waste.
Lets make this World Clean Up Day a game changer for these forest fringe communities living near the Gunung Leuser National Park!
Please donate generously!