Providing gainful employment to recovering youth and reduction of urban waste through manufacturing of egg trays
Providing gainful employment to recovering youth and reduction of urban waste through manufacturing of egg trays
One of the biggest challenges concerning our youth is the growing problem of drug and alcohol abuse. This is a very huge concern for Bhutan given that nearly 60% of our total population is under the age group of 20. It is a priority therefore to ensure that right interventions are made to educate, prevent and rehabilitate young people to address this issue.
Youth Development Fund’s (YDF) program on drug education, prevention and rehabilitation started in since 2005. It runs two drop-in centers and two rehabilitation centers for men and women. One of the major bottlenecks of the program was providing gainful employment to recovering youth and re-integration. Without employment, a big portion of rehabilitated youth goes back to drugs. YDF through the project - “Providing gainful employment to recovering youth and reduction of urban waste through manufacturing of egg trays” have established the first egg tray manufacturing plant in the country.
Considering the fact that YDF already has motivated recovering addicts, established recovery centres, organizational capacity and wide stretch of land, establishment of a project on ‘Egg Tray Manufacturing Plant’ is expected to achieve the following outcomes; conserving the biodiversity, managing waste, creating employment to recovered youth. It is a very noble approach to dealing with both the problems of youth and waste management issues.
SGP in partnership with YDF and Goodwill Community Foundation, USA established the first egg tray manufacturing plant in the country. Four months on since its establishment in April, the unit has earned about US 5535.00 from the sale of egg trays. The unit currently has eight employees, two technicians and six recovering addicts. YDF partners with Greener Way (a private entrepreneur started by a group of youth to address waste issue in Thimphu) in collection of waste paper and has agreed to hire minimum of 10 recovering addicts. The project will bring multiple benefits: a) environment benefit from recycling of over 100,000 kg of waste paper and cartoon boxes a year, b) production of over 1.1 million egg trays and generation of about US 45,000 a year c) providing employment to recovering addicts d) additional income to run and sustain the drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program, e) reduce import of egg trays.

 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Bhutan Youth Development Fund
Country:
Bhutan
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 47,050.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 60,320.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 60,320.00
Project Number:
BHU/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/CC/2013/08
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High sustainability of project. The source of raw material is reliable and reasonable and there is an abundant demand for the egg trays thus, ensuring sustainable source of income generation.
Replication of project activities
Support for enhancing livelihood of recovering youths are coming up and waste collection businesses are vigorous in country.
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SGP Country office contact

Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Phone:
009752322424
Email:
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
Phone:
009752322424 (ext:330)
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Address

UN House, Peling Lam (Street), Kawajangsa, Thimphu, P.O. Box No. 162
Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001