Unmanaged waste threatens people’s health. Many people living in poverty are forced to either live next to piles of rubbish, attracting pests, or to burn it, which then leads to respiratory problems. Both are health risks for people who cannot afford to pay doctor’s fees. But what if there was another way?
Tearfund is partnering with communities across Pakistan to equip people to safely dispose of their waste in a way that protects both themselves and the environment. And it’s raising local champions who are carrying this message far and wide. People like 25-year-old Anzila, from Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan.
Sharing is caring
Anzila took part in Tearfund’s training over two months, where she learned about how she could safely dispose of rubbish, and help others to do the same.
‘I have decided to share this information with my neighbours and inform them why we are stuck, and why our health conditions are not being improved,’ Anzila shares.
Anzila has already delivered this message to 75 families in her local area.
‘I think this is the key problem of urban cities, and we need to take part in establishing recycling units to protect our house, street, city and, ultimately, the environment.’
And Anzila hasn’t stopped there. Alongside her studies, she has been advocating to local authorities for better waste-collection services in her area.