Turning trash into building blocks for children's futures

The collaboration with the Colombian company "Conceptos Plásticos" is creating a recycling market that converts plastic waste into durable and cost-effective building materials to create new classrooms for the 2 million children who are currently unable to go to school due to lack of space.

Ivory Coast is currently struggling with many challenges. Nearly 2 million children between the ages of 6 and 15 do not go to school. The classrooms are too small and there are about 40 to 60 pupils in one class. Almost half of the households live in poverty and only 5% of plastic waste is currently recycled. This inadequate waste disposal is responsible for about 60% of diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory diseases.

HAWE Hydraulik supports UNICEF in the initiative "Turning trash into building blocks for children's futures" in Côte d'Ivoire to provide children with a clean environment in which they can live and learn healthily. In addition, diseases can be reduced. The (often single) mothers are strengthened by employing them in the recycling markets and thus creating income opportunities. The children gain access to better education and expanded classrooms. With the help of the converted materials, the classrooms can be built at a low price.

More information about this project can be found at UNICEF.