Waste Management

Together with local staff, the founder of the foundation, Theda Gräfin Knyphausen, has established cooperations with numerous schools in the region and regularly holds workshops on the topics of waste separation, recycling and waste avoidance.


With the help of the local education consultant Joyce Malema and the "waste professional" Klaus Schätte from Cologne, Theda Gräfin Knyphausen founded the waste project "Waste Management" in Maun in 2014.

In small groups, the so-called "Environmental Club" at various local schools, 30-40 children of different ages are taught the topics of waste separation, recycling and waste avoidance. The theoretical part also includes practical lessons and the children quickly learn to sort the waste at their school into the new different bins.

For the children and young people from Maun it was the first time at the beginning of the project to be confronted with the topic of waste and its consequences.

Due to the great demand of the teachers, the enthusiastic reception by the children and the support of local volunteers, the programme was extended to regular lessons at other schools in Maun and the surrounding area. Some teachers from the participating schools have even integrated the topic of waste into their curricula.

In the course of the project, the idea arose to develop an extracurricular educational program on other environmental protection topics and to additionally teach the children in nature.
Since the end of 2016, the local partner organisation FEYS has taken over the majority of the educational units at the schools. In the meantime, the Waste Management project has become an integral part of the Junior Ranger programme and is repeatedly taken up thematically in the educational units.

In cooperation with:

Gecco Investment

Gecco Investment is an important partner for the project. The local company, based in Maun, separates the waste for businesses and lodges in the region and then brings it to South Africa for recycling. Botswana does not yet have its own recycling infrastructure, so trips to the neighbouring country are indispensable. The emptied vehicles are then loaded with goods that are needed in Maun and the surrounding area after delivery of the garbage.

Current donation needs
Rubbish bin
One rubbish bin of the Waste Management project costs 25€.


Labelling of rubbish bins
We need 50€ per school to be able to label and colour the rubbish bins.


For the new booklet "Animals around us" (edition 2.000 pcs.), we need about 10.000€ for layout, printing and shipping costs to Botswana.

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