Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Every Trash Has A Home
Explain your project in details:
Across cities in Ghana and most especially Accra, you will find our public places; lorry station, markets, parks littered with plastic waste. The poor sanitation situation in these areas is exacerbated by the attitude of our people, the nonexistence of dustbin along these routes and poor collection and disposal of these waste. For the large numbers of pedestrians along these areas mentions above sanitation facilities are lacking as evidenced in the filthy conditions seen in the street, gutters and green areas. At the same time, The Metropolitan and waste management duty bearers are showing very little signs that they appreciate the sanitation and hygienic needs of the populace and the people who spend a huge amount of time with these filths. Ghana in 2015 was ranked the 7th dirtiest country in the world, a record no one is proud of. After some consultation with some individuals, Metropolitan assembly, head of schools, stakeholders, I decided to run the campaign dubbed “Every Trash Has A Home “which is aimed at sensitizing the Ghanaian populace on the best ways of managing solid waste and also teach them best ways of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. This has led to the formation of an organization called Enhance which is an NGO, established in 2018 and aims to offer youth leadership through sensitization, advocacy, research, and training to promote a clean, healthy and beautiful environment for all. The metropolitan approach to sanitation has been to quickly dispose of the waste with little effort in education. It's with this setback that we have decided to tackle the very root cause of the problem which is the Attitude of the people. We are therefore saying that; In the absence of a dustbin, your bag, your pocket and your purse should be your first trash bin.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The campaign seeks to address two sustainable development goals; clean water and Sanitation and sustainable cities and communities. More than half of the world population lives in urban areas. The rising number of people in these areas has made effort to deal with the waste we generate a very difficult one. Every Trash has a Home seek to change the attitudes of the people towards our homes, public spaces and green areas. We believe by a change of attitude it will reduce the filth in our public areas, especially by 60 percent. Our water bodies especially the ocean will be spared from all the waste that normally will end up in it if the waste is disposed of properly. Since we started this campaign in 2018 we have spoken to 2274 student and staff of 11 schools both formal and Islamic schools(Makaranta). We have also spoken to a church congregation of more than 1000 people in attendance. The feedback we get after our presentation gives us the encouragement that the message has been well received. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring that the environment is clean and healthy to leave in at all times and this is what Enhance, with its Every Trash has a Home campaign seeks to achieve.
Sustainability and future plans
Our primary focus groups are schools, churches, lorry buses and some instances one on one interactions. The people we sensitize and educate do not have the capacity to pay for the service we provide so we are leveraging on the Metropolitan assembly to pay for this civic responsibility. We have had meetings with the Metropolitan Assembly, some key individuals and some Members of parliament who have recognized our efforts and have pledged to support us with some logistics to help with our operation. We have also begun talks with corporate organization especially those who produce most of the waste i.e. plastic water bottle and sachet companies to support our campaign with funding allocated for the corporate social responsibility programs so we are able to reach many more people. We also intend to organize a corporate cleanup, education, and beautification exercise to help raise funds for our activities and lastly, we will rely on Grants and donations to support our operations. Even though we are a new organization, it’s or future dream to have influenced the attitude of people and improve the sanitation challenge significantly. we want to eventually morph into a waste management company providing services geared towards improving sanitation, a strong advocacy organization that is capable of influencing policy decisions by the Government and be self-sustainable
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Francis Amesawu is a 28 years old Bachelor of Science graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he studied Agriculture. He is currently a student member of the Institute of chartered accountants, Ghana (part 2). He describes himself as a problem solver, entrepreneur, and lover of community engagement and development. Determined not to be part of the unemployment statistics in Ghana he accepted a job in a cleaning company as an operations manager (a subtle way of saying a supervisor of cleaners). He went on to work as a farms manager and during that same time co-foundered the African Youth Network for Agricultural Transformation which he is the finance officer. He is also the Executive Director of the Eco Enhance an NGO that seeks to provide youth leadership through sensitization, advocacy, research, and training to promote a clean, healthy and beautiful environment for all. He is running the campaign dubbed "Every Trash Has a Home”. He is ambitious, committed and passionate about what he does. To be Influential, impactful and worthy are what motivate him in his daily life. He is part of the 4th cohort of the prestigious Tony Elumelu foundation entrepreneurship program,2018 and was recognized as the most promising student by the Dean of the Faculty of agriculture, KNUST in 2011/2012 academic year.