If you stumbled on to my blog before you might know that I am going to be an Isara volunteer in February, for a month, in Nong Khai, Thailand. Apart from running a learning centre, where Thai people can learn English for free the Isara Foundation is also working on several other projects, like a helmet campaign and environmental projects. A few days ago Isara opened a Recycling Centre in Nong Khai. I sent a message to Kirk Gillock, the founder of Isara, and asked him if he could share some information with me about how the idea for the centre was born and what their expectations for the centre are.
This summer Kirk Gillock sailed down the Mekong River on a 10 meter plastic bottle boat, which is part of Isara’s “Think before you throw” project. The project aims to raise environmental awareness and to help educate people along the Mekong River about the dangers of polluting the environment. It was while constructing the boat last year that Kirk Gillock came up with the idea of an Isara Recycling Centre in Nong Khai.
Kirk tells me in an email, that while collecting thousands of used plastic bottles from the local shops and homes in Nong Khai Thailand, where the Isara Foundation is based, he thought that a Recycling Centre would be a good way for Isara to raise some much needed charity funds. His thought was to, instead of asking people for money to fund Isara’s charity projects, they could ask for the people to donate their trash.
Several months later, after finishing constructing the boat and after Kirk sailed it down the Mekong River, he and his Isara volunteers started working on the Recycling Centre. Finding a place to build the centre turned out not to be to difficult as one of Isara’s local sponsors loaned the foundation some of their land. The project was as it’s starting point and the construction of a 16 x 8 meter shack took place, where Isara staff and volunteers can separate and store the various recyclables the foundation receives.
The centre opened on the 17th of October and Kirk tells me that they are now in the process of advertising the centre and letting locals now that they can support Isara’s charity projects by giving Isara their old plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and cans. Just as the plastic bottle boat project, the work with the Recycling centre has received a very positive response and Kirk ends his email by telling me that they hope, and are quite confident that the Recycling Center will eventually, help sustain the foundation’s other projects, like the Isara Learning Centre, scholarships, the free volunteer program and the foundations ongoing and great helmet campaign.
I must say that I am very impressed with this small non-profit charity foundation. With very small tools they manage a lot. When it is time for me to volunteer with Isara I will feed you with more information about this amazing foundation it seems to be. Stay tuned.
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