Our Story

The Birth of Upcycle Africa

Welcome to Upcycle Africa, where our passion for environmental conservation and the empowerment of marginalized communities converge. Our journey began with a tragic event that forever changed the course of our founder's life. Meet Kavuma John Mary, a resilient Ugandan visionary who transformed personal loss into a catalyst for positive change.

Devastating Incident

At the tender age of 19, Kavuma John Mary experienced a life-altering event that shook the very foundations of his world. Located next to his family's house was a poorly maintained drainage system, burdened by a massive accumulation of plastic waste. Neglected for far too long, the trench finally gave way, causing a catastrophic flood that ultimately led to the collapse of their home. In the aftermath of this heartbreaking incident, Kavuma John Mary was left to grapple with immeasurable grief and physical wounds. Tragically, his beloved grandmother succumbed to the injuries she sustained. The pain of this devastating loss served as a powerful source of inspiration for him.

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A Vision for Change

Driven by an unwavering determination to prevent similar tragedies and protect the environment, Kavuma John Mary embarked on a mission to create a new paradigm in housing construction. Thus, the seeds of Upcycle Africa were sown. Our organization stands as a beacon of hope, advocating for sustainable practices that address the plastic waste crisis while uplifting the lives of marginalized communities.

Upcycle Africa is built upon the core belief that every problem holds within it the seeds of opportunity. We train and empower marginalized groups to harness the transformative potential of plastic waste. Through innovative techniques, we teach them how to repurpose discarded plastic into valuable products that not only benefit the environment but also generate income and improve livelihoods.

Upcycle Africa Now

At the tender age of 19, Kavuma John Mary experienced a life-altering event that shook the very foundations of his world. Located next to his family's house was a poorly maintained drainage system, burdened by a massive accumulation of plastic waste. Neglected for far too long, the trench finally gave way, causing a catastrophic flood that ultimately led to the collapse of their home. In the aftermath of this heartbreaking incident, Kavuma John Mary was left to grapple with immeasurable grief and physical wounds. Tragically, his beloved grandmother succumbed to the injuries she sustained. The pain of this devastating loss served as a powerful source of inspiration for him

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Be part of the solution not part of the pollution

You can be a part of the Upcycle Africa movement by getting involved. Whether through volunteering, partnerships, or donations, your support can help us expand our reach and create a greater impact