As the COVID-19 pandemic has loosened its grip on Indonesia, I'm happy to report that our first cohort of students (from summer 2020) have successfully completed their Greenworks project! Erlena, Kurniawan, and Azzahra built six upcycled trashcans, color-coded for organic and plastic waste, which were donated to Runny’s School and SMK Pembangunan on their home island of Ternate in eastern Indonesia. They have been working with the elementary school students to teach them about waste management. They sent a detailed final report outlining their project, timelines, and accounting for funds spent to successfully complete the program.
We have also reviewed and approved a new project submitted by the successful spring 2021 Greenworks team. Faniran, Alfitri, and Fahriansyah will continue building upon Erlena's trashcan project by developing a more formal business-and-education project around composting. The project seeks to expand composting education to two more schools, establish a pipeline of waste-to-compost between the schools and Khairun University, and attempt to start a composting business so that the project can be self-sustaining. We are looking forward to working with them over the next few months!
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