The Parallel Projects

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USA Founder:  Justin Sather and Sheri Sather
Cameroon Team Leader: Perise Forbi, Aquila Kingsman
Tanzania Team Leaders: Hudu Hamis, Rashid Said Ali, Ali Hamid Omar
Kenya Team Leader: Maulid Hamis Mshahame 

Meet Justin Sather. 
Justin is in third grade and  lives in Los Angeles, California.
He started "The Parallel Projects" to make the planet safer with less plastic and better water for animals and people around the world. 

In kindergarten, Justin learned frogs breath and drink through their skin and they are very sensitive to pollution. Scientists could not believe how many frogs were dying and Justin learned this was a sign that the planet needs help.

How The Parallel Projects Started.
It all began on Earth Day 2019, when an environmental science college student, Perise Forbi, from Cameroon reached out to Justin asking for help.  He wanted to know if Justin could help him turn his trash into treasures in Cameroon.  When Justin saw the thousands of bottles littered in the streams, he quickly agreed to help Perise find some solutions.

8,000 Plastic Bottles.

The amount of bottles illegally dumped around the town was such an overwhelming task.  The two of them knew they had to start off with a plan so they agreed their first goal would be to transform the 8,000 plastic bottles Perise collected on a World Litter Run and had been left untouched in his yard for over 6 months.

The Ideas.                                                                                                 
Justin started telling everyone about Perise and asking for ideas on what he could do with the bottles. Dozens of creative upcycling ideas started coming in from all around the world.  Justin, his family, and friends started completing the projects in the United States to encourage Perise to do the same in “parallel” in Cameroon. They made a great team and slowly thousands of the bottles began transforming into works of art.

Plastic Bottle Flower Planters.
The first idea came from the  Kindness Ninjas in Canada. Their idea was make flower planters out of the plastic bottles.
Justin and his family made over 100 flower planters in the United States and Perise made dozens with his family and students at a nearby school.
And the ideas did not stop there.


The Cap Art Idea:

Dispose Recycler in Nigeria recommended that we use all the plastic lids to make art. 



A million plastic bottles are bought around the world EVERY MINUTE.
Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. 

Call of Action. 
The “The Parallel Projects" became a daily and weekly project between Justin and Perise.  They began sharing their work on social media in hopes to bring awareness to our world’s plastic pollution problem.  As they learned more about the dangers of plastic pollution the put out a Call of Action on World's Clean Up Day. Since that day, dozens of ideas have come in from all around the world. So far, in "parallel" Justin and Perise have made many things such as plastic bottle animals, plastic bottle cap art, and even earrings from the bottles. The ideas have come from as far as Canada, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania.   Perise’s 8,000 bottles have almost all been transformed into treasures but they knew their work to help the planet was just getting started. And so…….

The Parallel Projects began Spreading …

Justin soon recognized that other people in nearby countries had similar plastic pollution problems. People from all around the world started contacting me and asking how they could join in on the Parallel Projects. He learned how recycling centers closed down, how illegal dumping sites are used, and how plastic bottles were going into drains and making their way into the oceans, wetlands, streams, and waterways nearby.

He began encouraging children, teachers, and adults from near and far to join The Parallel Projects campaign by sharing their ideas on how to upcycle bottles and the campaign to bring awareness to our world’s plastic pollution problem.


Hudu Hamis and his students in Tanzania had the idea to turn the bottles into toy cars.

Justin made cars, boats, airplanes, rocket ships and more with his friends.

Plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) which take over 400 years to naturally decompose.

It is estimated that by the year 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.

The biggest recycling store RePlanet chain in California closed its doors to 284 sites due to the depressed value of pricing for PET plastic.

It is estimated that by the year 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.

A recent study by Ghent University in Belgium found that people who regularly eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year.

Justin found that the many people use plastic water bottles due to the lack of clean drinking water. 
He wants to help 4 schools get Life Straw Community water filters that clean the parasites and bacteria out of water so it is safe to drink.

Grace of God: Perise  (the school currently relies on rain water)
Tumekuia Secondary School: Ali (the school currently relies on ocean water)


Justin teamed up with Jessica Sammon, the designer of the Eco Paper, and together they created a mini newspaper about the Parallel Projects. The main goal of the newspaper is to teach people to refuse and reduce the amount of single use bottles.  The newspaper provides information on the dangers of plastic pollution to human health as well as the health of our oceans and animals worldwide. And the newspaper will be a guide on how to turn trash into treasures as part of the #theparallelproject campaign.  The funds will go to printing and shipping fees of the newspaper that will be provided to classrooms that want to join in The Parallel Projects Campaign. 



Donations will Support: Reusable Water Bottles

Justin teamed up with a company that allows you to design your own water bottle. Of course, Justin has drawn a frog on his and he hopes to create the next generation of youth that want to take care of the planet to protect their favorite animals too. We are working to bring reusable water bottles to 4 schools in Africa in addition to all the third graders at Justin's school in Los Angeles.

Justin is raising money to make reusable water bottles with the entire third grade level at his school in Los Angeles. 


The goal is to raise money for water bottles for 4 schools in Africa.


The Parallel Projects has Moved into Help with Water Quality Too!!!



This is just the beginning of The Parallel Projects and we thank you for your continued support!!

Donations ()

  • Ryan Davis 
    • $9 
    • 1 mo
  • William Pickens 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Ryan McLeod  
    • $10 
    • 2 mos
  • Mr Eco 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Erin Hogan 
    • $45 
    • 2 mos
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Fundraising team: Hudu Hamis (7)

Sheri Bergeron Sather 
Raised $180 from 5 donations
Los Angeles, CA
Forbi Perise 
Team member
Raised $10 from 1 donation
Hudu Kimilomilo 
Team member
Rashid Said Ali 
Team member
Ali Hamad Omar 
Team member
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