Environmental education and women empowerment

Baliedu offer a volunteer program to educate and empower woman in small  village in Bali to be aware of health effects of burning plastic waste A woman burns the rubbish

Children are not aware of health effects of burning plastic waste

By volunteering here you will not only to teach English to the local, but also providing skills to them to be able to find jobs within the workforce.

Other programs include counseling services for domestic violence, training to educate individuals about violence against women, and a newly formed coalition of women dedicated to ending violence against women within their community.

This is the sample of volunteer program in Bali. It focuses on health effects of burning plastic waste. It offers some activities as follows:

 1. Trekking and Collecting Plastic Waste

In the morning, the participants are going to do trekking around the village and beautiful rice field. Before starting, participants are divided into several groups for a small competition to collect the plastic waste. Everyone will bring a bag to put the plastic waste in.

After the trekking program, every participant will clean the plastic waste. The next step is to measure the total weight of plastic waste of every group. The group with the heaviest plastic waste will win the prize and award.

2. The Training of Health Effects of Burning Plastic Waste

The second program will be the training to the women about the health effects of burning plastic waste. The women become the target as they are closely related to domestic including to manage the waste. The children sometimes take part of burning plastic waste that will effects their health . The locals have a low awareness about the effect of these dangerous habits. In the long term, the smoke of burning plastic waste  cause several dangerous disease. Figure 1 show the health and environment effects of burning plastic waste.

Figure  1. The health and environment effects of burning plastic waste

Potential Pollutant

Generated from

Burning of Plastics

Health Effects Environment effects
Carbon Monoxide Causes dizziness, headaches and slowed reflexes. Affects mental function, visual acuity and alertness Oxidized to carbon dioxide (which is a greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere
Dioxins and Furans May cause cancer, causes growth defects; affects DNA; affects immune and reproductive systems Increased toxic loading on environment; leads to contaminated water/land, affects animal health
Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Cancer causing agent in most animal species including mammals, fish and birds Increased toxic loading on environment; leads to contaminated water/land, affects animal health
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Directly toxic including probelms ranging from cancer risks to nervous disorders. Causes respiratory irritation/illness, chronic lung disease Contribute to low level ozone (smog), causes vegetative damage. Leads to contaminated water/land, affects animal helath
 (Particulate Matter (PM) Irrtitation of respiratory tract, aggravated ashtma, contributes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Increased toxic loading on environment; leads to contaminated water/land, affects animal health
Aldehydes This is animal carcinogen. Causes eye and respiratory illness and headaches Increased toxic loading on environment; leads to contaminated water/land, affects animal health

Source:www.saskwastereduction.ca/assets/upload/pdf/ag%20plastics%20pdfs/effects-of-buring-plastics.pdf

3. The training of organic waste composting

The training of organic waste composting will be very essential for the locals. Compost is a fertilizer that has been decomposed from organic matter of animal or plant waste. These become the ingredient in organic farming. There are two methods of composting process, those that need air  (aerobic) and those that don’t (anaerobic). It has its own physical characteristics with the similar quality. Through a good management system, these program will encourage the economic of locals.

4. The training and workshop of making a variety of unique crafts of plastic waste

Plastics are increasingly used in day-to-day life of the local community. Because of practical functions, plastics are mostly used to wrap and pack the food or beverage, to make ​​tools and equipment (such as buckets, plates, straps, etc.), and to carry groceries. Even to carry a small grocery, the people require a plastic bag. There is an assumption of local people, without using the plastic bags are considered as less polite and appreciative to the buyers. Therefore, the plastic bags and other waste generated from snacks are getting more and more in the countryside.

The habits to throw the waste in any place for the food that are wrapped by leaves and othe organic products do not effect a lot to the environment and people’s health. As it is replaced by the plastics, it brings so much problem to the community. Thus, to minimize the use of plastic should be solved by the cultural approach.

Instead of the more understanding of women of health effects of burning plastic waste, the program is conducted to produce a unique and creative crafts of plastic waste. These become a solution for the uncontrolled number of plastic waste in the village. The craft will support the local economics especially the women. All participant will take part during the workshop to produce a crafts from the plastic waste.

 

The volunteer program will be conducted for two days. As our program is flexible, we will very happy to adjust the time and program in order to achieve the great success. We have some information of potential village in Bali that are ready to host of these volunteer program.

Contact us for details.