Nnadozie Foundation trains and mobilizes women and girls to act as catalysts for change in actions and attitudes which impact the environment negatively. Environmental pollution is one the greatest challenges that the world is facing today. Some of the major environmental issues that are causing immense concern in Nigeria are environmental pollution, air pollution, water pollution, garbage pollution and noise pollution. The level of sanitation and hygiene is abysmally low and littering occurs nearly everywhere and often into drains and water bodies. In Nigeria, waste management is still at the rudimentary level, like so many other countries in the developing world, thus, States are faced with the dilemma of eradicating heaps of solid waste from their environment as it is overtaken by the unsightly views of overflowing dumps, unattended heaps of solid wastes emanating from domestic or commercial sources. Its attendant consequences on the health of individuals and the environment is too numerous to mention.
Statistics indicate that one million waste plastic bottles are churned out every minute across the world while five trillion plastic bags are generated yearly – about 10 million units every minute. It is also estimated that at least eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year. The empirical prediction that by 2050, world’s oceans will have more plastic than fishes portends far-reaching dangers and calls for drastic measures to address the menace urgently. It is impacting the ocean, which is the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.”
How We Do It:
Based on our decade of experience working with women and girls, we believe that they are key to solving most of the environmental problems because of the influence they have on men, youth and children. When women are well informed and empowered they can in turn drive positive behavior change towards environmental protection.
- Sensitization and Training: Workshops to encourage protection of ecosystems, proper sanitation and waste disposal practices: Women are trained on the importance of protecting the environment and Oceans, sanitation and hygiene, harmful consequences of plastic waste on marine life and the environment, waste segregation, reuse and recycle of plastic and much more. We conduct special sensitizations workshops for residents of waterfront communities in Nigeria.
- Volunteer Outreaches: The Foundation provides a platform for women to volunteer to clean up their environment and public spaces. Volunteers are mobilized to ocean fronts, beaches and other important conservation areas to collect and properly dispose plastics and waste.
- Provision of waste collectors: The Foundation provides waste collectors at strategic
locations including waterfront communities to discourage indiscriminate dumping of waste in the environment.
- Advocacy: The Foundation undertakes advocacy to demand Government regulation of plastic production, efficient waste management system and policies to protect the environment. We also engage with Organizations whose activities impact the environment negatively, to put measure to mitigate the consequences. This project contributes to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development
Goals 14 and 15 focus of conserving and protecting under water and land ecosystems. We deeply care for the environment!