Rangeen is a wining project of “Ramzan Challenge” organized by Charter Of Compassion.
Pakistan is faced with serious challenges of environmental pollution. Pollution is unchecked and may get worse unless economic activity is underpinned sustainable development. Efforts are underway to attain goals of sustainable social and economic development, ensuring water, food, energy and environment securities, without over-exploiting forests and ecosystems.
The Government of Pakistan believes in the creation of opportunities for the present generation without compromising on the potential of future generations to meet their developmental needs. Environment degradation is fundamentally linked to poverty in Pakistan. Approximately less than one-fourth of the country’s population, like in most developing countries, is poor and directly dependent on natural resources for their livelihood whether agriculture, hunting, forestry, fisheries, etc. Poverty combined with a rapidly increasing population and growing urbanization, is leading to intense pressures on the environment. The environment-poverty nexus cannot be ignored if effective and practical solutions to remedy environmental hazards are to be taken. In Pakistan, as elsewhere, environment degradation is both a cause and consequence of poverty.
According to Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency “ The mean annual estimated cost of enviromental and natural resources damage is about 365 Billion Rs or 6% of GDP. This pollution cause around 2,2000 premature deaths adults and 700 deaths among young children. The total health cost is between Rs 62-65 billion or 1% of GDP.
There are several NGOs which are working on education of street kids and underprivileged children but there is a need to work on their income also. These children don’t have enough education so they can learn vocational course and they are also below age and the last option they left of working as labour at some tyre, cage shops etc. So we decided to start a project which will be least expense and will be run from waste products. Through waste disposals we can reduce pollution from our country and can take part in country GDP.
What happens when you see heaps of garbage littering the streets everywhere in Karachi? Does your heart bleed looking at the eyesores? Do you feel like doing something that can clean all the garbage you see on streets, alleys, and in fact, all across your city? Unfortunately, in a city like Karachi, heaps of garbage found on corners of the streets not only reflects the inefficiency of the city government but also represents an insensitive attitude of our people towards a problem. All over the world, the process of recycling has been adopted as a means of minimizing environmental degradation. The case in Pakistan is entirely different, where heaps of garbage produced daily is an alarming factor and poses a serious threat looming over us.
Based on the study conducted by the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pakistan generates over 20 million tons of solid waste annually, almost 47,000 tons of solid wastes per day. Karachi being the industrial hub of the country generates about 10,700 tons of solid waste. Due to lack of proper waste-collection sites and inadequate trash bins, most of the waste finds its way into dumping grounds, open pits, river, ponds and agricultural fields, leading to the excessive burning of waste on street corners everywhere, while posing serious risk to Public health.
We would like to contribute our role in national development via creating oppurtunities for underpriviledges through reducing waste disposal and using it for income generation .
Contribution in national development program.
Address the health related issues due to solid waste.
Reduce the burden of solid waste from government.
Reduce socio-economic disparity by providing income generation solutions.
Make our city ‘Rangeen‘ once again.
Project Working Areas
Our “Rangeen” project is serving community in following areas:
As a part of this we teach the children and their families through our trainers and teachers how to change garbage into useful things and to calculate budget and sell their products effectively. The aim of these trainings is how to sell their products in competitive market.
We use waste items such as plastic, cans, paper products etc to create products which will not only be a way for sustainable income for the children on the streets and help these poor families but also will reduce pollution and target the problem of waste disposal in Pakistan.
We will be setting up Facebook account and a website to advertise and sell our products. It will also serve the purpose of community involvement.
We conduct stall activities at different forum and places for selling our final product and marketing of project..
Sustainable social projects using part of the income:
We are using a part of their total income from selling of finished products and collected item sold to scrape buyers to provide education and health services to these children.
We will conduct open sessions at schools, colleges, universities, institutes and offices to make public aware how to classify the garbage before disposing of and how to make profits from garbage. Through we can overcome problem of improper disposal of garbage.