Every construction project has its delays, but some of the biggest setbacks are not what you would expect…
Imagine that you want to build a school in an impoverished village in a third world country. What do you suppose would be the biggest challenge?
Getting the land? Security? Governmental red tape? Funding and supplies?
Nope…it’s a lot bigger and a lot more basic than you think.
Imagine you were invited to the grand opening of a beautiful educational facility. It’s on a spacious five-acre campus. The most luxurious in its area. A real pioneering development in technology. It will change the lives of thousands of students for generations to come, providing state of the art learning never previously available.
Now, imagine that this facility has no functioning facilities. That’s right, no bathrooms. Students, staff, campus residents, guest speakers all have no place to go… literally. It’s not because the engineers forgot to design restrooms. It’s not because the contractors forgot to build the bathrooms. It’s because this amazing school is built in an area that has no existing waste management system. No sewage systems. No waste removal plumbing. Nowhere to flush.
In Uganda, East Africa, this is the biggest challenge LY2NK is currently facing. Yes, you know what I am saying – there’s now way to manage all this waste! The waste management problem needs to be solved in order for the high school construction to proceed.
Africa isn’t the only place facing this issue. The Bill Gates Foundation featured an article in Business Insider discussing the invention of a self-composting toilet system. It’s powered by worms! This eco-friendly latrine doesn’t need a flush or sewer system. These “Tiger Toilets” are being tested across parts of India with great success. LY2NK is closely monitoring the progress of this new technology to see if it could be a solution in Uganda, as well.
In the meantime, LY2NK is working to explore different waste management solutions for Kids For Africa Sports Academy. A team of eight major groups has assembled to explore sustainable options… like recycling, composting, land application, animal feeding, fermentation, and incineration.
There are always challenges when constructing facilities in impoverished countries. Yet, through awareness and education, LY2NK Foundation is pioneering true change. Empowerment for the people is the driving force behind this project. Not a quick fix, but a generational shift leading to self-sustainability.