Boom Karuna Project, Africa, Day 5
As we wrap up our involvement in the islands of São Tomé and Princípe, we realise how the collective effort of communities can lead up to great change. In total, we've had 120 people attending workshops and activities, from which 28 small children and 92 teenagers and yound adults (up to 30 years old). This is even more significant as young people up to 25 years of age make up 70% of the island's population.
The aim of Boom Karuna Project on these islands was multifold: to introduce a plastic upcycling machine to transform waste into everyday life objects and pieces of art; to raise awareness on environmental pollution; and to engage into educational activities near younger portions of the population.
Boom Festival, along with Precious Plastic Portugal, Zero Waste Lab, and local NGO Missão Dimix joined forces with several districts: Água Grande (the capital); Caué (in the South); Lemba (in the North); Pagué (in the island of Príncipe). We were also honoured to work side by side with a group of hard of hearing locals, who learned how to upcycle plastic in the machine and create a vertical garden.
We'd like to sincerely thank the people of São Tomé and Príncipe for giving us such a warm welcome and partaking into this incredible journey. It's been about the process of learning from each other and finding solutions together to an issue that is common to the whole world.
Equally important are all the Boomers. It is with your support via tickets that we can channel revenues to projects such as this one. Each and everyone of you has a part in the Boom Karuna in Africa.
A compelling report about all this is coming your way.