Giving Up Waste

By The Constellation

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Context & problem

The inhabitants of the small Moluccan island of Saparua have always relied on their spices and on fishing to survive. In the last years, because of the big amount of plastic spread over the island and into the ocean surrounding it, the fishing has becoming insufficient and contaminated. The touching film Waste Time shows how a diverse group of people from the shop owner to school children take action together and find creative solutions to reduce, reuse and process waste, despite the absence of a functioning waste management system. After all, “ if we don't do it, who will? ” sings to us the local traditional guard of nature. Pollution is affecting today not only Saparua island but the entire world, especially those communities living in areas where there is no functioning waste management system.

Here's what we have done

The Kenya (Constellation) team has joined the #givingupwaste campaign. Two Kenya Constellation members mobilized school children from Nairobi - Langata Shepherds Brigade - and in Eastern part of Kenya in Kikongooni Primary School for clearing of the compound and also for planting of trees. The Kikongooni children used recycled milk packets for their tree planting process.

The Constellation facilitator Meble Birengo with other members from the Kenya Competence Team organised a screening session of Waste Time, followed by SALTy conversations. Some of these kids have been walking for a long distance to come to the event. Young people and older guardians from Nguuni village Kasikeu received milk and biscuits before heading to the venue where the documentary was shown.
The youth decided that the messages would be taken to their homes for discussion with parents and guardians.

On the 29th of December in Bandung, Indonesia, The Constellation team Indo Competence organised with the Provincial Family Planning Board the first Waste Time screening at Al Kasyaf Islamic Boarding School, Bandung district. It was attended by 53 student between 13 and 17 years, 4 teachers, 2 officers from provincial Family Planning Board, 7 person commitee member of Nahdatul Ulama West Java chamber and 6 facilitators of Indocompetence.

The pupils have taken the message from the movie seriously. After the screening they explored their learnings and more importantly: they defined the actions that they will take themselves to reduce, recycle, reuse

"Bring Your Own Mealbox!"

The students live in a dormitory - bringing their own box for meals instead of using the single use plastic boxes is a big step!

Here’s what we’re doing about it

In Indonesia
West Java will be inhabited by 50million people this year. And Waste Time is really an excellent tool in our context to talk about population issues. Showing it, we stimulate conversation among children and youth on waste as consequences on this huge population.
We are in collaboration with Provincial FP Board and Nahdatul Ulama West Java branch, the biggest Moslem Organization in Indonesia, to screen Waste Time at 27 Islamic boarding schools in 27 districts in West Java to accordingly.
Wiwin Winarni,
The IndoCompetence Support Team

In Kenya
"One of the strengths in these WASTE TIME links for Kenya is the availability of opportunities for showing Waste Time and using it as stimulant for local responses. The challenge for most rural communities is having access to an overhead projector and screens for showing. In most cases it needs hiring of the equipment’s plus having some drinks and snacks for the children as well as a little supply of stationery which includes flipchart papers, markers, masking tapes. These aspects of preparation for showing the AYOYE series would enhance the impact and process of learning." (Meble Birengo, Constellation Board Committe Member, Kenya)

Around the world.

We would like that as many as possible of these communities around the world, can be inspired by the people from Saparua during screening sessions of Waste Time. We want organize screening sessions for youth in Burundi, Indonesia, Uganda and Rwanda. Each film performance will be followed by a SALT session where the children will develop their own feasible actions towards a clean environment. (To know more about SALT, scroll down the page or click here).

Kikooongooni primary school in the Eastern part of Kenya getting involved in tree planting. The young people are mobilised by Maggy, a facilitator from Kenya Competence Trust - a local team of #TheConstellation.

You can join us

We will count on you all to give your small, feasible amount so that we can collect 2000 euros to organize screening sessions for youth in Burundi, Indonesia, Uganda and Rwanda. The places where the screening will take place have no screen or projector. Your kind contribution will cover the travel costs for the person who will facilitate the session, the rent of equipment, as well as a snack for the young audience.

Your contribution will allow them to feel connected to their peers in Indonesia during a screening of the documentary Waste Time, followed by an interactive SALT exercise that will help them to sustain their actions.

Help us to #givingupwaste!

Do you also wanna be socialMEDIAly involved?

Our documentary WASTE TIME is online.

Click here, enjoy it, and ... it on our fb page (#wastetime #asyouopenyoureyes, #theconstellation).

The inspiration of #givingupwaste has building up to #givingtuesday an annual day to celebrate generosity. Every year on the first Tuesday of December, millions of people across the globe, find a way to give back and get involved in their communities. This year, on Tuesday 3 December, The Constellation joined this global movement with #Givingupwaste and we dindn't stop, keep up with us in #givingupwaste!

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without

10 euros contribution

you will receive our biggest gratitude and the possibility to download one of our movie postcards.

20 euros contribution

you will receive our biggest gratitude and the possibility to download five of our movie postcards.

50 euros contribution

you will receive our biggest gratitude and a beautiful recycled plastic handwork madeby the people from Saparua.

Think about an extra contribution on top of the one's above to help us GIVINGUPWASTE !

A little bit about us

We are The Constellation

The Constellation is an association that since 2005 has facilitated local responses in more than 50 countries through partnerships with governments and organisations as well as through coaching small groups of people.

We are facilitators, we are coaches, we are people supporting local responses.

When a community calls us, we go and, making use of a learning cycle process (CLCP) and applying a method called SALT, we encourage people to find solutions for their own future.

We do not bring solutions, we want to make communities conscious of the depth of their experience as well as of the fact that they can solve their own challenges.


In our 15 years history, we've encountered numerous communities and learned from them. Now we feel that the time has come to spread theirese stories, so that

  • other communities can feel encouraged and equipped to take ownership of their challenges,
  • leaders and decision’s makers around the world start to recognise that solutions are in fact emerging from the communities and that they deserve support,
  • participating communities will become more conscious of the depth of their experience.

Therefore we in The Constellation, in collaboration with Visual Development, started a film project AS YOU OPEN YOUR EYES to present "Dancing Jajas", "The Match of our lives", and four more stories of communities change processes.

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Maria Louise

Roberta Santucci