With the spread of coronavirus, waste collection and street cleansing crews cannot stay home to stay safe. They are keeping waste collection services going, and helping limit the spread of disease in their communities, towns and cities.
If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that we humans are in this together.
Public health sits alongside planetary health as an urgent and shared priority. Waste collectors everywhere deserve our respect, our support, and our help to deliver their vital service while staying safe.
Our fundraising events are postponed, so we’ve been hatching plans to keep you involved, physically fit and having fun, while making a positive impact around the world.
Please give what you can to help waste collectors in lower-income countries stay safe.
Waste Collectors Rock
Supporting waste collectors
People working with waste are often the among poorest in society, with no access to protective clothing, disinfectant or running water. At WasteAid we have worked with sector specialists to produce urgent guidance for waste picker cooperatives, private waste collectors, community groups and municipalities to help keep waste workers healthy.
Some of our partner teams have put activities on hold temporarily and are losing much-needed income, whereas others need to continue providing waste collection services and need extra support.
Of course we have also had to postpone our own fundraising events, so we are asking you directly to please donate to WasteAid and help make a difference, today.
Join the Virtual Safari!
WasteAid has created a Virtual Safari into the Kenyan wilderness, an immersive experience with science, culture, art, cookery and lots of wildlife to help lift spirits, and to raise money for waste collectors in low-income countries.
Get involved from home
What novel and fun ways can you think of to fundraise while practicing social distancing?
Connect with us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and share your fundraiser with all your friends. The more people who understand the importance of waste collectors for public health, the better.
Fundraising at home? Are we serious?
While it might sound a bit unconventional, fundraising at home can be enormous fun!
Check out some ideas from the wonderfully creative folk at WasteAid HQ, or invent your own. We can’t wait to hear about the creative ways you find to make a positive impact, from home.