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Sustainable change for people in Pakistan and Haiti

How Tearfund supporters and UK Aid Match funding is making a difference in the lives of people in Pakistan and Haiti.

Written by Tarryn Pegna | 19 Apr 2024

Kaneez wears protective equipment to keep her safe from disease while she works at the Haryali Hub.

Kaneez in her protective equipment, ready for work at the Haryali Hub which is providing her with a job and helping make her community cleaner, healthier and safer. Credit: Manoj Kumar/Tearfund

Kaneez Fatima used to feel guilty for not spending time with her children. She had a job as a domestic worker, but even though she worked seven days a week, Kaneez earned very little income. The hours were long and she describes being bullied by her employers.

Now, thanks to the generosity of Tearfund supporters and UK Aid Match funding, Kaneez’s situation has changed. She has a new job at one of the waste collection and recycling centres (called Haryali Hubs) which were set up with the money, and it’s given Kaneez back her time with her family.

UK Aid Match money changing lives

In 2019, Tearfund’s Lent Appeal asked supporters to help make a difference in the lives of people all around the world, with a particular focus on the dangerous and damaging problem of waste. There are 3 billion people around the world who have no means to get rid of their waste safely! Your generous donations were matched by the UK Government, and we received £3 million in match funding to go directly to this kind of work in Pakistan and Haiti.

In Pakistan, £2 million of the UK Aid Match funding received has helped to set up two Haryali Hubs in Karachi. They are creating a cleaner, greener environment for people like Kaneez and her family – protecting the environment that they live in, preventing diseases which thrive when waste isn’t properly dealt with, and providing much-needed jobs for many in the most deprived communities.

Reduce (transport time), reuse (the hours with family) and recycle (rubbish)

The hub's convenient location, close to Kaneez’s home, has saved her travel time and transport costs, and she is now playing a crucial role in improving the health and environment of her community.

She says, ‘There is a positive change in my life after joining the hub as a segregator... I have started to live a balanced life and am happy to spend time with my children.’

Excellent rubbish figures in Pakistan

  • 42,822 people from 24,000 households were reached directly with vital messaging about the dangerous impact of poor waste management on people’s health, marine life and climate change. Many more people were reached indirectly with this information through community activities.
  • 181,800 (30,300 households) are benefiting from the Haryali Hubs each month – making a significant difference in the community!
  • 433.68 tonnes of organic and inorganic material were saved from going to dumping sites and polluting the environment.
  • 114.4 tonnes of plastics were prevented from going to the dumping site or ending up in rivers and streams. (This included 77.6 tonnes of plastic bags!)
  • 76 jobs for local community members have been created at Haryali Hubs.
  • Eight waste collection vehicles have had chambers installed for the first time to collect segregated waste.
  • The local government has agreed to take over the Haryali Hubs after the project period ends and keep them running, meaning the change is truly sustainable.
Men and women wearing personal protective equipment work sorting waste at the Haryali Hub in Pakistan.

Waste segregators dressed in personal protective equipment to keep them safe work at a Haryali Hub in Karachi, Pakistan. Credit: Manoj Kumar/Tearfund

Toward sustainable change in Haiti

Tearfund’s local partners used the remaining million pounds of UK Aid Match funding in Haiti.

Haiti has suffered from extremely challenging political and security issues over recent years, and reports of gang violence and political instability have hit headlines over the past few weeks. But, there are also long term development issues in Haiti which impact people’s lives and wellbeing. One of these issues is proper waste management and the project funded by UK Aid Match aimed to make life safer, cleaner and healthier for people living in Carrefour.

The location, on the outskirts of Port-Au-Prince, was chosen because of the particularly high needs of the community, and also for its location on the banks of the Riviere Froide where a lot of waste gets dumped and carried out into the Caribbean sea.

The project’s goal, over three years, was to move Carrefour toward becoming a model sustainable green community and set an example for the whole of Haiti by:

  • reducing open burning and dumping of waste (and thereby reducing the negative health impacts);
  • changing waste management attitudes and behaviours in the community to make the improvements long-lasting;
  • and providing a waste collection service to make life healthier and safer for people and the environment.

Excellent results 

Working together with local partners, Arris-Desrosiers (a local youth-led social enterprise specialising in solid waste collection and recycling) and World Relief Haiti (WR), Tearfund achieved excellent results in spite of the severe security and socio-economic challenges in the wake of the President’s assassination in July 2021.

Challenges, a pandemic… and successful change

Although the project faced various challenges over the three years – including a global pandemic – by the end of it, around 11,051 people successfully changed the way they store and dispose of their waste.

With 1,127 households in the community actively enrolled in the waste collection service, there has been a positive shift in understanding and attitudes.

The young people at Arris-Derosiers have now developed a long-term business plan to maintain and grow the economic opportunities created through the project, and to continue to collect waste.

Creating eco-ambassadors for the future

Training was run in 34 local schools to help students understand the risks of poor waste management (and how these risks can be avoided), and lots of changes have been made to the waste management practices and policies in their schools as a result. These changes have even been recognised by the Mayor of Carrefour! The learning materials created for this part of the project have also been shared with other organisations across Haiti and further afield.

Some of the students reached through this work have gone on to become advocates for eco-responsible behaviours – spreading the message further and helping to make the environment safer and cleaner for even more people in Haiti.

‘I have learnt all of this thanks to Tearfund. Now, I want to share all the information with other people. Today, I see myself as a responsible person who has knowledge.’
Ader Joseph, 17, Haiti

Students ending the vicious cycle of damage

Ader Joseph, 17, is one of these students. He says, ‘Before I received this training, I did not give [waste management] any importance, and I did not know about the amount of damage and disaster plastic waste could cause to my neighbourhood.

‘I have learnt that when we do not recycle plastic waste, we enter into a vicious and harmful cycle of damage. When we burn it, it pollutes the air, when we breathe this air it causes disease; when we throw waste into rivers or ravines, it goes into the sea, and is eaten by the fish that we will eat – and that can also damage our health.

‘I have learnt all of this thanks to Tearfund. Now, I want to share all the information with other people. Today, I see myself as a responsible person who has knowledge.’

Ader, Kaneez and all of us at Tearfund are grateful for the work that the UK Aid Match funding has made possible which has already made a difference to thousands of people in Pakistan and Haiti and will continue to do so.

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Written by  Tarryn Pegna

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