Waste Management

Cleaning up our Communities

"Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless."

- Thomas Edison

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Why is this Cause Important?

  • Every day, Indonesia generates 175,000 tons of waste.
  • About 14% of this waste, or 24,500 tons is made up of plastics.
  • According to the World Bank’s Indonesia Marine Debris Hotspots Rapid Assessment, 20% of plastic waste in Indonesia is believed to end up in rivers and coastal waters.

The Vision Driving Them Forward


An empowered younger generation fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to break free from the poverty cycle, and create a healthy and safe environment for themselves and their families.

Meet BGBJ

BGBJ directly translates to “The Seeds of Bantar Gebang,” which is a rubbish landfill located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bantar Gebang is Southeast Asia’s largest landfill.

This non-profit organization was founded by Resa Boenard, who grew up in both a home and a dump. Instead of abandoning her roots, she decided to attend them by returning home after her university education with a clear mission: to help the local community through educational programs, training and more. Every week, Resa also invites the children into her own home to learn, play and socialise in a more positive environment. BGBJ focuses on children, as Resa believes kids are the positive seeds for a safer, better and cleaner future.

Purposeful Objectives
Education

Providing young people with the education and life skills necessary to live a better life (classes include a variety of topics: English, IT, health, nutrition, sports, music, art and more).

Increasing awareness

Increasing awareness and knowledge around waste management and BGBJ living conditions, by providing site visits for school excursions.

Safety

Fostering a healthy and safe learning environment.

Community outreach

Extending reach throughout the community by creating a social enterprise, offering safe working conditions, real-world skills and a decent wage.

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As you can see and imagine, extremely poor living conditions are their reality. There are over 3,000 families living on the rubbish landfill. Parents earn a meagre income by picking through around 8,000 tonnes of trash coming in everyday from Jakarta and beyond. As a result, many children are forced to work instead of learn, because money and immediate survival is prioritized over education. This is a major challenge for BGBJ.


The continuing school drop-outs by children turned teenagers continues, in order to support their families. But it does not need to stay that way.

When you choose to support BGBJ through purchasing a GiveCard, you will be contributing towards changing this reality to help create a much better one for the entire Bantar Gebang community, as well as future generations to come. 


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