Youth Sustainable Waste Management Business Assistance program (YSWMBAP)

                                                              

Youth Sustainable Waste Management Business Assistance program (YSWMBAP)

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Solution proposed by: 
YSWMBAP
In a Nutshell: 
YSWMBAP tackles the sanitation problem in Paynesville Community, Liberia. The goals of YSWMBAP are to provide income for underprivileged youth and to clean the community to prevent diseases
Where and When: 
Paynesville, Liberia, initiated in 2011
Challenges: 
Jarius Andrew Greaves initiated YSWMBAP as part of this interventions in 2011 in Paynesville to tackle the city’s growing domestic solid waste management problem and provide opportunities for youth workers reliable source of income to improve the quality of their lives
Innovation: 
I established, registered, and led the Youth Network for Reform (YONER) to collect solid domestic wastes and to properly dispose them. The innovation is that YONER is a non-profit organization but uses a business model. For example, residents subscribe to YONER waste management program and pay a modest monthly fee. YORNER then provides metal containers in subscribers’ homes and employs youth workers who regularly collect the wastes and dispose them. Today, Paynesville residents and visitors breather fresher air and see little or no garbage piles like before YORNER existed.
Concept: 
Waste is a serious dilemma for environment and health in Liberia including Paynesville City, the second largest and densely populated City in Liberia. Consistently garbage is not collected or disposed properly has been a serious challenge faced by residents. Solid waste is left on the streets uncollected, randomly dumped, and sometimes burned. All these practices severely harm to residents in the City and its environs and health problems in many ways. Waste left on the streets create unpleasant odors and is breeding ground for vermin and insects causing illnesses ; hazardous materials from randomly and incorrectly dumped waste can seep into and pollute water resources, including groundwater -main drinking-water source (hand pumps and wells in the city. Polluted earth and water reach the human body, via drinking water, vegetables, and animal products, while burning solid waste pollutes the air, causing serious health risks, including respiratory infections, cancer, and other illnesses.
Description: 
Youth Sustainable Waste Management Business Assistance Program (YSWMBAP) is a high impact project that African leaders can scale in other countries. YSWMBAP tackles the sanitation problem in Paynesville Community, Liberia. The goals of YSWMBAP are to provide income for underprivileged youth and to clean the community to prevent diseases. YSWMBAP educates households to dispose domestic solid wastes appropriately. For example, YSWMBAP provides garbage disposal containers in neighborhoods and educates each household to dispose their solid wastes in those containers. And YSWMBAP employs underprivileged youth ages 18-25 to collect the wastes daily, transfer them to a larger waste collection site, and receive monthly wages. This project has accomplished results. YSWMBAP provides scholarships to its youth workers and street children who want to go to school. YSWMBAP has provided scholarships to over 100 elementary and high school students. The workers also have a reliable source of income to improve the quality of their lives. Also, Paynesville residents support the program by disposing their wastes accordingly. Finally, a few Liberians provide financial support for the youth workers’ pay and scholarships. Jarius Andrew Greaves established YSWMBAP in 2010 in Paynesville to tackle the city’s growing domestic solid waste management problem. And the organization is succeeding as residents now dispose their solid wastes appropriately, some youth have a reliable source of income, and students receive scholarships to go to school to secure a better future. This program is scalable, but most importantly, it keeps the environment safer and cleaner and improves young people’s lives.
Impacts: 
This project has accomplished results. YSWMBAP provides scholarships to its youth workers and street children who want to go to school. YSWMBAP has provided scholarships to over 100 elementary and high school students. The workers also have a reliable source of income to improve the quality of their lives. Also, Paynesville residents support the program by disposing their wastes accordingly. Finally, a few Liberians provide financial support for the youth workers’ pay and scholarships.

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