Sunday, June 10, 2012
ACCT International: Day Two at MUMCOP
As I mentioned in my previous MUMCOP post, we returned the following week. Many of the students were eager to discuss the organization's plastic recycling project, but we had also already agreed to join them in a football game with their girls' team. To spread the love around, we ended up splitting into three groups, the recyclers, the footballers, and a group that visited a farm. Strangely, when we have a group go to a farm and plant things, I am never in that group. I am actually not sure if I am doing this purposely. I stayed at MUMCOP this time because there were two groups I could photograph easily.
The recycling group sat down with leadership and volunteers with MUMCOP to discuss the plastic recycling project. The main concerns of our students were the fumes that were released during the burning process. They had come prepared to discuss the toxins in the plastic, their effects on human health and the environment, and some alternatives to the current methods used by MUMCOP. Apparently, you can melt plastic in canola oil without releasing any fumes. Of course, the question is: Is there a ready, cheap source of canola oil?
The members of MUMCOP also shared other recycling projects with our students. They are attempting to find some sort of income-generating project, preferably from recycled materials. The flowers above were made from recycled plastic bags.
Dr. T, Jasmine, and Leslie joined the girls' soccer team for a game.
Andrew was the "cheerleader." Based on photographic evidence, Andrew only owns blue shirts and luckily we have spent a lot of time with school children with blue uniforms. This allows him to be surrounded by color-coordinated children in all sorts of extremely photogenic moments.
As I mentioned, the third group went out to one of MUMCOP's farms and planted some seedlings. I don't have a photographic record of that.