The problem of waste disposal, pollution and water scarcity has plagued our society in the recent decade. Efforts to protect the environment through sustainable practices are made but often on a limited scale. This limited scale combined with the growing pressures of poverty and urbanization have fueled the problem thereby creating an alarming situation for the society. In Pakistan, as elsewhere, environmental degradation is both a cause and consequence of poverty.
In order to tackle this problem, we have initiated our project called ‘Rangeen’ which depicts life for individuals as colorful, joyful and pollution free. Under this project, we encourage young individuals to engage primarily in the process of recycling to reduce the waste disposed in the city on a daily basis.
Other working areas of our project include entrepreneurial training, selling after recycling and awareness sessions on the importance of environment protection. Through training we teach individuals on how to turn waste projects into their useful counterparts, analyzing the need for these products in the market and sell them accordingly. We use waste items such as plastic, cans and paper products to recycle them and allow these individuals to generate income while addressing the issue of waste disposal to the certain extent. We are also planning to launch a Facebook page to introduce these recycled products on social media thereby expanding the market for these products.
Part of the income generated from this activity is spent on their education and healthcare. While the remaining goes to the children themselves to assist their families financially.