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The Zaballeen are constantly investing in their tools and upgrading their methods, and have provided their services at no cost to residents or the city. They derive their income from reusing and reselling the materials they gather. The BBC’s Sylvia Smith describes the Zaballeen system as “not a trail of chaos – but of professionalism, ingenuity and imagination, crystallizing into an industry as efficient as it is unknown.” Now that Mubarak has resigned, it is likely that the pigeons and tourists will again soon peacefully return to Tahrir Square. The next task at hand, of course, will be cleaning up after the throngs, which for the Zaballeenmeans business will be good. Overall, 243 million tons of MSW was generated in the United States in 2009—eight million tons less than that of 2008. MSW generation in 2009 declined to 4.34 pounds per person per day. This is a decrease of 4 percent from 2008. Nevertheless, the percentage of this material that ended up in landfills remained about the same at 54.3% (the 2008 figure was 54%) An estimated 12.7 million tons of textiles were generated in 2009 or 5.2 percent of total MSW generation. Generation of clothing and footwear was estimated to be 9.1 million tons (3.7 percent of total MSW). The recovery rate for all textiles was 14.9 percent in 2009 (1.9 million tons), which is approximately the same rate as previous years. The EPA report also cites the Council for Textile Recycling, which reports that 1.3 million tons of clothing were recovered for recycling in 2009, or about 14 percent. Humana ADPP
11.6.12 09:03


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New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is among those fasting this week (see his column “Why We’re Fasting”). Bittman writes about food for the Times, so his action is especially poignant. In the interest of full disclosure, my fast is not entirely selfless. Fasting, properly performed, is a good way to cleanse toxins from the body. I have been struggling with chronic congestion, and my hope is that the cleansing effect of the fast will help clear it up. Nevertheless, I, too, am concerned about the threatened reductions in funding to programs that have been helping malnourished individuals, particularly young children (for an example of how such programs can help, see this post from the Hunger and Undernutrition blog). I agree with Mr. Bittman that this is a moral issue. I hope our leaders make the right choice. “The presence of civil war is associated with an increase in domestic food prices.” —Rabah Arezki and Markus Brueckner, Food Prices and Political Instability, March 2011 Among the World Bank’s recommendations in light of the burgeoning food crisis is to expand investment in strengthening environmentally sustainable agricultural productivity. In keeping with this policy, the Bank thus announced on March 21st that it would provide $70 million to the government of Mozambique to fund irrigation for sustainable agriculture. Last summer, Mozambique experienced street riots in response to the surge in food prices. Though the riots were short lived and did not bring about dramatic political changes, they were among the first signs that a greater unrest was building in the world. When people are in the process of creating better conditions for themselves and their communities, they do not work in single stringed sectors of development, but they handle the complex reality in which they face their challenges, and in which the solutions must be created.So do we - attacking the problems from more angles, and in cooperation to all sides. Humana DAPP
8.6.12 08:28


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Children’s Town is a project run by ADPP Mozambique. It provides orphans and disadvantaged children of single-parent families with a safe living and learning environment. Amade lived in Children’s Town for four years and finished primary school there. “For me it was like the light on the end of the tunnel, having that opportunity to continue my education,” he said. After completing primary school, Amade continued his education at the ADPP vocational school in Maputo, studying building construction. “I wanted to become a construction engineer and the opportunity was good for me. I loved all that I learned and became inspired to learn more.” We have a long-term customer base in these countries, who know that they will receive good quality items. Shoes are paired and packed into 30kg bags and all high-heeled women’s shoes and boots are packed separately. Some of the collected clothes are sorted and approximately 20% are donated to Development Aid from people to People UK -DAPP UK- charity shops in Northampton and Warrington with each shop receiving between 700 to 1,500 items per week. The remainder, mainly winter clothes and unpaired shoes, are sold in Pakistan and Eastern Europe. After completing the vocational program, Amade decided to continue his schooling. He enrolled at ADPP’s teacher-training college in Maputo, and finished the program in the requisite 2.5 years. However, he could not find employment as a teacher due to the economic conditions at the time. Recognizing the talent of this bright young man, ADPP offered Amade the job of publicity officer. Amade was thankful for the opportunity. He is now able to help support his mother and step-brothers and sister, which live with him in a small house in Maputo. The job also gave Amade the chance to develop a passion for photography and videography. Humana UFF
1.6.12 09:00


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“Triple-Win”Business Model Despite some of these issues, collecting clothing for charitable purposes is and always should be a win-win-win situation – for the giver, the charity, and the receiver. The donor gives something he no longer needs, the charity finds a need, and the recipient has a need filled. It’s a pretty effective business model when youstop and think about it. Whether therecipient gets an actual piece of clothing or receives assistance through an international aid program funded by recycling dollars, the benefit reaches the intended target. Moreover, the impoverished have other basic needs that need attention – access to food, water, housing, education,and ways to improve health and raise their living standard. Sales of used clothing generate the funds necessary to establish and maintain such programs. Environmental Benefits So let’s continue to clean out our closets, tote our groceries home in reusable bags, and sort our garbage in the right bins. We all need to take care of our planet and we need to take care of each other. Let’s give our used garments to clothe others or convert them to cash to fund programs for the less fortunate. And help protect our planet at the same time. It’s only a win-win-win if you participate and we let charities do what they do best. Microfinance in India: Microfinance is a powerful tool that enables the poor to pull themselves out of poverty. Microfinance typically covers microcredit, insurance, money transfers and other financial services targeted at poor and low-income clients. Most commonly, it involves providing small loans to those who do not have access to other formal financial institutions. Usually the micro entrepreneurs use the loans to establish or expand small businesses to generate income for the family. They could be street vendors, artisans, seamstresses, small shop and cottage industry owners. Humana DAPP
25.5.12 09:12


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World AIDS Day Yet AIDS remains a formidable concern in the U.S. and abroad for several reasons. Lack of education, continued stigmatization and discrimination, and budgetary constraints, each have contributed to the ongoing spread of the disease. Others contend that declining interest by the general public and news media have also played a major role. Americans tend to view the issue as an “African” or “overseas” problem rather than a domestic issue. But the disease has had serious consequences in the U.S. Of all industrialized countries, the U.S. has the largest number of people living with HIV – one million. Of those, 200,000 are unaware of their infection, meaning the risk of transmission remains high. Despite the availability of “rapid tests” which often provide results in 24 hours or less, a full third of those going to public testing sites, do not return to obtain their results. Since the onset of the epidemic, more than a 600,000 people have died of AIDS in the U.S. – equivalent to the entire population of Las Vegas. In 2009 alone, 17,000 people died of the disease. Around the world, AIDS has been even more devastating – claiming the lives of more than 30 million men, women,and children. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s AIDS patients live in sub-Saharan Africa, where many live in poverty and with limited access to healthcare. Two decades after scientists first thought an AIDS vaccine was in reach, the anti-dote remains elusive and the epidemic continues. Clothes collection The most important way of raising our own funds is through the trade in second hand clothes. Over 1,200 collection banks are placed throughout the UK to collect used clothes and shoes. The most recent addition to our collection efforts are mini community banks, smaller containers that require less space and thus can be placed on alternative locations other than the traditional areas close to supermarkets. Humana People to People
22.5.12 09:27


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In connection with a conference at Humana People to People’s Headquarters in Zimbabwe, Birgit Soe had the chance to visit the Frontline Institute and DAPP Zimbabwe’s Hope Project in Bindura. The Frontline Institute is the Management training centre for Humana People to People which offers the students basic and advanced management courses. The simple act of donating Last year alone, Planet Aid provided $12 million in funding or in-kind gifts (from the sale of used clothes and grant support) to international aid programs in 15 countries. Since Planet Aid started in 1997, it has contributed over $70 million to projects on three continents. This happened because people like you decided to donate your used clothing rather than throw it away. One simple act results in multiple benefits for many all over the world. Be an active recycler and frequent clothes donor. Be a champion of the “win-win-win” global recycling model. It’s a Big Job and We All Have to Do It When Planet Aid and other charities sell the donated clothes they collect, they receive only a few hundred dollars per ton. In short, it takes a lot of used clothing to raise just a little money. However, there is no shortage of used garments in the U.S. Several billion pounds of unwanted textiles are produced annually, but only 15 percent of this vast quantity is recycled. Much more effort is needed to save more textiles from unnecessary disposal. Clearly, we must work harder to make it easier to recycle. Humana HPP
17.5.12 09:53


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Earthly benefits By donating a shirt, you remove it from going straight to what is known as the “solid waste stream.” This is the universal dumping ground for items we don’t recycle. Our solid waste usually winds up in one of two places. It gets buried in a landfill, which can contaminate soil and groundwater, consume valuable land, and emit some horrific odors. Alternatively, your old clothes are torched in a huge incinerator that gives off microscopic particles that we breathe, and spews out clouds of greenhouse gases that heat and clog the atmosphere. “Reincarnating” Your Clothing onTriple Play Neither option is good for us or our planet. By recycling, two good things happen. We eliminate the need to produce a new item, and we remove an item from going to the solid waste stream. Win # 1 is thus all about protecting the environment and reducing the wear and tear on Mother Earth. Clothes = jobs = income Planet Aid, like all other clothes collection charities, sells the used clothing it collects. That is simply how it’s done. Moreover, only a fraction, about 20 percent, of all donated clothing in the U.S. is actually sold in thrift stores. The rest is sold to wholesale recyclers. The recyclers either grade and sort the clothes first, or ship them “as is” overseas. Along the way, lower grade clothes are made into other materials at processing plants that employ thousands around the world. The best garments may wind up in high-end boutiques or vintage shops. Used clothing shipments are routed all over the globe, but mainly to lesser-developed countries. Humana HPPI
16.5.12 10:44


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