World Fuel from Waste Day 2012 #WFfWDay – 28th May – New events

World Fuel from Waste Day 2012 #WFfWDay – 28th May – Events list

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We now have 6 confirmed events – 5 around Kenya and 1 in London.

More to be confirmed, soon.

The new events are:

1. The YUPO (Young Potential) Club, associated with the ‘White Charcoal’ Group in Dandora, will be running briquetting demonstrations and training.

The event will be held in Dandora.

White Charcoal Group

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/fuel-from-waste-participant-news-dandora-white-charcoal-youth-group-feature-in-the-standard-newspaper/

Contact – Felix Owuonda: fellowuda@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @FelixOwuonda

2. The Recovery and Hope Ministeries will be running briquetting demonstrations and training.

The event will be held in Ongata Rongai.

The Recovery and Hope Ministeries

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/fuel-from-waste-participant-news-francis-kiilu-community-waste-management-and-briquetting/

Contact – Francis Kiilu: kiilu.engineering@gmail.com

Existing events:

3. Community Action for Nature-Githunguri – CAN G (a program under the Youths Climate Change Adaptation Network) will be running an event focusing on biogas. They will be demonstrating the techniques used in generating biogas from the school’s toilets and those used by local farmers who are using biogas generated from cow dung.

The event will be held at – Mama Ngina Primary School, Kinoo, Westlands.

CAN G/YCCAN

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/fuel-from-waste-2011-participant-news-yccan-youths-climate-change-adaptation-network/

 Contact – George Gituanja: gachiewaithera@gmail.com

4. Seminars, demonstrations and training of briquetting and stove production techniques and machinery in Nairobi.

Consisting of video shows of the Alfastar Development Association and Fuel from Waste work, couple with live demonstrations of motorized and piston manual presses, and a range of stoves.

5. Seminars, demonstrations and training of briquetting and stove production techniques and machinery in Limuru.

Consisting of video shows of the Alfastar Development Association and Fuel from Waste work, couple with live demonstrations of motorized and piston manual presses, and a range of stoves

The Alfastar Development Association will facilitate both events.

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/alfastar-development-association-fuel-from-waste-network-news/

 Contact – Ruth Githaiga: tuzo2007@yahoo.com

6. A ‘Systems Jam’ – live development (through service ecology mapping) of new ways to link up technology (eg mobile banking, mobile apps, sms text services, solar systems, more) with community and individual briquette/sustainable energy initiatives and businesses.

Using the experience of the redLoop team, invited experts and Design students to generate ideas through service ecology mapping, to help expand and extend empowerment and community development, through sustainable energy, to more people.

RedLoop – the mdx design and innovation centre: http://redloopdesign.com

Contact – Wyn Griffiths: w.griffiths@mdx.ac.uk

Get in contact if you want to join in with existing events.

Or, you can set up your own.

This could be as small as a briquetting or solar experiment in your home or school; a planting event in your community; a local waste gathering and sorting session; a creative concepting session in your studio – or many more – be creative and let us know.

World Fuel from Waste Day 2012 #WFfWDay – 28th May – Events list

World Fuel from Waste Day 2012 #WFfWDay – 28th May – Events list

Follow us on Twitter @fuelfromwaste and #WFfWDay

We have 4 confirmed events – 3 around Kenya and 1 in London – so far, with more to be confirmed, soon.

1. Community Action for Nature-Githunguri – CAN G (a program under the Youths Climate Change Adaptation Network) will be running an event focusing on biogas. They will be demonstrating the techniques used in generating biogas from the school’s toilets and those used by local farmers who are using biogas generated from cow dung.

The event will be held at – Mama Ngina Primary School, Kinoo, Westlands.

CAN G/YCCAN

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/fuel-from-waste-2011-participant-news-yccan-youths-climate-change-adaptation-network/

 Contact – George Gituanja: gachiewaithera@gmail.com

2. Seminars, demonstrations and training of briquetting and stove production techniques and machinery in Nairobi.

Consisting of video shows of the Alfastar Development Association and Fuel from Waste work, couple with live demonstrations of motorized and piston manual presses, and a range of stoves.

3. Seminars, demonstrations and training of briquetting and stove production techniques and machinery in Limuru.

Consisting of video shows of the Alfastar Development Association and Fuel from Waste work, couple with live demonstrations of motorized and piston manual presses, and a range of stoves

The Alfastar Development Association will facilitate both events.

http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/alfastar-development-association-fuel-from-waste-network-news/

 Contact – Ruth Githaiga: tuzo2007@yahoo.com

4. A ‘Systems Jam’ – live development (through service ecology mapping) of new ways to link up technology (eg mobile banking, mobile apps, sms text services, solar systems, more) with community and individual briquette/sustainable energy initiatives and businesses.

Using the experience of the redLoop team, invited experts and Design students to generate ideas through service ecology mapping, to help expand and extend empowerment and community development, through sustainable energy, to more people.

RedLoop – the mdx design and innovation centre: http://redloopdesign.com

Contact – Wyn Griffiths: w.griffiths@mdx.ac.uk

Get in contact if you want to join in with existing events.

Or, you can set up your own.

This could be as small as a briquetting or solar experiment in your home or school; a planting event in your community; a local waste gathering and sorting session; a creative concepting session in your studio – or many more – be creative and let us know.

Alfastar Development Association – Fuel from Waste Network News

Alfastar Development Association information and training session news

The Alfastar Development Association was started by Ruth Githaiga and Patrick Ngatia (Director AlfaStar Industries), in consultation with Wyn Griffiths (of the Fuel from Waste Network), following on from the creation of a ‘roadmap’ for the future of sustainable energy at a community level, developed at the Fuel from Waste unConference 2011.

Its focus is to develop a network for sustainable energy training and entrepreneurship, for community development. To help to promote the lives of the community partners, recycle and make sustainable energy available and affordable, while creating income and empowerment for vulnerable groups (eg women, youth, disabled). This will support, and be supported by, conservation of vegetation cover for future generations.

Currently the association has a membership of 75 women and 22 youths.

There are currently four groups within the association, in different localities in the country:

(1) Juja

(2) Gatundu

(3) Githunguri

(4) Limuru

All headed by women, with members awaiting training, as and when funding and support becomes available.

A training event was held on the 11th and 12th of May 2012 in Kariobagi South.

It was facilitated by the GVEP International  organised by Maurice Onzere and Phylis Kariuki.

Ruth Githaiga and Mr Mwangi trained the group on general briquetting and a simple carbonising system.

The training started with simple hand briquettes as most of those attending have to start from scratch, and a programme working through levels of briquetting production (from simple hand, through manual machine, to powered machine) has been designed and agreed.

Each level will be monitored and supported to achieve the appropriate quality within a set time period.

The long-term plan, through the Development Association and partnerships such as with Fuel from Waste, is to link up the network of Development Association producers being trained, with strong market demand, mediated through the commercial arm of Alfastar Industries. This would create a sustainable ecology, with multiple layers of benefit for all stakeholders.

For more information – contact Ruth Githaiga on tuzo2007@yahoo.com

Alfastar Development Association brochure:

This gives background on the industry and prices for briquettes and commercial training.

Alfastar Development Brochure and FfW – May 2012 Version

World Fuel from Waste Day 2012 – May 28th – Get involved

Plans are settling for events to mark World Fuel from Waste Day (#WFfWDay) 2012.

The day was proposed, and supported at the Fuel from Waste unConference 2011, as an annual date to highlight the issues and celebrate the great work happening around community-based sustainable energy, sustainable employment and waste management.

Events this year will take place on May 28th, as the 27th is a Sunday.

We have events planned in Nairobi and London, and are hoping to confirm more locations.

We’ll post up details soon. So, if you’d like to get involved, or have ideas for events you’d like to run, contact Wyn Griffiths on w.griffiths@mdx.ac.uk

FfW 2011 Participant News – ‘Miti Ni Mali’ Multi-dimensional Tree Planting initiative – Coming Soon

The YCCAN (Youths Climate Change Adaptation Network) will soon officially launch a new initiative.

The ‘Miti Ni Mali’ Million Tree Campaign will promote the multipurpose use of trees for peoples livelihood and for environmental conservation.

The aim is to help communities to realize the benefits of standing trees, not just for timber and firewood, working from a perspective of agroforestry and sustainable biomass and solar energy generation.

Full launch and further details coming soon.

Contact George Gituanja - gachiewaithera@gmail.com – for any queries, in the meantime.

Fuel from Waste Participant News – Francis Kiilu – Community Waste Management and Briquetting

Kibera garbage - By Chrissy Olsen - used via a Creative Commons licence

This community group works under a church set up by the name “Recovery and Hope Ministries”.

Francis Kiilu, a Fuel from Waste participant and active member of the movement,  is the leader of the ministry and they have five branches in Kenya:

-       Nairobi (Kibera slums)

-       Mt. Elgon

-       Three  eastern province Matuu, Makutano and Machakos towns.

All the branches are involved in community activities. Nairobi (Kibera slums) branch is the youngest and the activities there focus on are the reduction of discarded solid waste into gain and small business enterprises. There is proposed activity of vocational training plus academic school to help to move toward the Kenya Vision 2030 http://www.vision2030.go.ke/

Francis Kiilu explains the plan:

“REDUCTION OF FORMATION OF SOLID WASTE INTO GAIN

The plans we have are to buy plastic bags and distribute them to few plots surrounding our church. Train the people how to separate waste materials as they pack them in the separated bags supplied. The aim being to sell the materials, which can be recycled, turn into briquette the materials which can burn and sell the food surplus to pigs farms. At the moment we are contributing money towards the purchase of the plastic bags and briquette press machine. The moment we shall be well set for the activity.”

Contact Francis Kiilu at ‘Recovery and Hope Ministries’: recoveryandhopeministries@yahoo.com

Fuel from Waste News – Aheu Dit Women Group – Southern Sudan

The Aheu Dit Women Group http://aheudit.blogspot.com/ is based at Kan Ajak village, Awiel East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Southern Sudan. It was established 5 years ago.

The group runs several projects which includes a Nursery and Primary School.

These schools, and all the schools that have got a WFP feeding program, use fire wood. That means that somebody has got to collect that firewood. So, children are instructed to carry a piece of firewood at least twice a week. Failure to abide by the rules leads to punishment, so fear of this means that the children will cut any branch along the way to school.

During early 2012 (January to march) a program to train women how to make briquettes has been set-up and delivered by James Ochieng, who also works with The Hut of Orphans of Kenya http://thehookenya.blogspot.com/

The first step for us is to ban the use of firewood in our school.

A pilot program at the center will train as many Women as possible. This will lead into development of stoves that use briquettes for the schools. Samples were developed in Wao, South Sudan, using high quality dry leaves, which are abundant during the dry season.


The group has an average of 271 registered women in Awiel East County alone.  70% of these women collect firewood for sale at the market. 100% of homes use firewood for cooking. An alternative fuel can provide relief for the women and children and a better income opportunity, while minimizing deforestation effects.


Video of World Women’s Day 2011 with Aheu Dit Women Group - http://youtu.be/txDLAT3E7B0

Follow the project progress on the Aheu Dit blog, above, or keep an eye out on here, for updates.