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Singakwenza, which means “We can do it” is a Non-Profit Organisation providing Early Childhood Education to economically disadvantaged communities.

We were delighted to host Ian and Ilze from Ecobrick Exchange, an environmental awareness enterprise based in the Cape, to run some training on how to build using eco-bricks.

These “bricks” are made by filling 2 litre coke bottles with non-biodegradable, non-recyclable packaging – polystyrene, cellophane, chip packets, straws, plastic bags, cling wrap, etc.

Once they have been stuffed so full that you can stand on them, then they are ready for building.

At the training, lessons on how to mobilise support for an EcoBrick project were given and solutions to potential challenges discussed. Then after learning how to make EcoBlocks (EcoBricks made into modular pieces that fit together), the delegates were shown how to use these EcoBlocks to build a raised vegetable garden.

Each delegate committed to start one project, and we’ll share their progress along the way. More than 10 different NGOs were involved in this training and the investment made by the sponsors, Ndaka Safari Lodge, will send ripples of change into many different communities, and we are so grateful for them for enabling this training to happen.

Singakwenza is now a hub where you can drop off your EcoBricks and those who need them for projects will be able to collect them from our office. We can’t wait to see the EcoBrick Exchange vision spreading throughout KZN.