Water conservation & plastic recycling

Join Rafiki’s partner organization Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation to recycle plastics and provide rural communities at Bwindi with rain water harvesting tanks to benefit their agriculture.
Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation (CIBIC) was started in 2012 to work with the local communities and implement sustainable development and conservation programs.
In this project, CIBIC tackles 2 problems:
  • The problem of plastic waste. The poor disposal of plastic bottles is creating a lot of environmental issues, whether buried or burnt and releasing lots of toxic chemicals in the air.
  • The problem of insufficient water for farming purposes. Better access to water for irrigation will lead to increased food production during dry periods of the year.
The overall goal of this project is to recycle plastic bottles to build rain water harvesting tanks. These water tanks will provide water for mushroom and vegetable farming.
The project is done in partnership with the local community, and consists of several steps:
  • Community sensitization training and awareness
  • Requesting the community to give a land
  • Collecting and transporting plastic battles to the site
  • Filling the plastic bottes with soil Purchase of other construction ingredients
  • Construction and hand over of the complete facility.
  • Purchase of watering cans

The local community will be asked to provide the land. The projected additional cost is approximately $2,910 for 1 unit. This includes all materials, including cement, sand, transport, labor, plumbing costs, water collection shade.

We aim to build such structures for 30 farming groups, but we build one tank at a time. The estimated cost per tank is  $2910.
Sahaya International, a USA-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is partnering with CIBIC and Rafiki to support this project.  To make a tax-deductible donation in the USA, click here to go to our donation page.
If you have any questions about the project, or like to see more details of the budget, please do not hesitate to contact either one of these 2 people:
  • Koen Van Rompay (Sahaya International): koen@sahaya.org
  • Tusingwire John Bosco (CIBIC founder): Tusingwirejohnbosco7 ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com
Many thanks in advance for any support you can provide!
Click on the video to get an overview of the ongoing project.
Update September 2021:
We are grateful to share with you our current progress in building a rain water conservation tank for which which we have been collecting funds for. We are making progress with the brick work, and plan to add another 3 feet. Then we can do plastering, plumbing and roofing and finally distribution of water to the farms. Many thanks to everyone who has donated or is encouraging their friends to also donate!
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