Building with Plastic Bottles and Inorganic Waste
Waste Management is a huge issue in developing countries. With no proper disposal system in place, people throw inorganic waste like it’s nobody’s business. Hug It Forward has made it their mission to change that and empower communities by building “Bottle Schools”.
The brilliant thing about Hug It Forward is that they do not build the schools: communities do. They simply facilitate the process by giving peo the tools to do what they know how to do. They try to be learners more than teachers, listeners more than talkers. Bottle Schools are built on 100% community volunteer effort, from elders and children stuffing bottles, to men and teenagers mixing cement and learning new skills. All unskilled labor is donated by the community; all skilled labor is hired from within the community. The community comes together to learn about the impact of inorganic trash, clean their environment and work together to build more sustainable educational infrastructure for their future.
A classic example of teaching people how to fish, not giving them fish. The skills learned by the community in the process of building a bottle school and the confidence and pride gained can then be applied to future construction and community development projects. A lesson to be learned in our part of the world?
Spotted by: Bikram Palikhey