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.

Fuel from Waste News – Kasarani Scouts – planting and briquetting work

Kasarani scout groups have been working on a planting and briquetting scheme that aims to plant 1.5 million trees and set up a system that supplies briquettes for their schools.

A pilot program will be run at the Baba Ndogo Secondary School.

The work has been supported by the Hut of Orphans of Kenya.

Video – The Scouts raise the Fuel from Waste banner: http://youtu.be/vndeuXZStzI

Fuel from Waste 2011 Participant News – World Volunteers Day – Kariobangi News Report

A full news report, from Kenyan TV company GBS (Good news Broadcasting System) based in Nairobi – http://gbskenya.com/ - on the march, rally and activities on World Volunteers Day, in Kariobangi, Nairobi.

Deficient municipal waste management is causing huge problems with health and resources in many areas of Nairobi.

The volunteer groups, who are mobilising their communities to tackle these problems, led the way on the march and during the activities on the day.

Their focus was the sorting and reusing of waste and tree-planting. Attacking the problem in a pincer movement of recycling and growth.

Watch the full report here: http://youtu.be/R4Sq9S6ln44

The ‘starting-point for a plan’ proposal from the storytelling and co-design session

The storytelling and co-design sessions were a great success. We managed to create, debate and agree a vision for the starting point for developing a plan for briquetting (and other Fuel from Waste activities).

The fantastic ideas, that we distilled this from, will be up on our Flickr site, presently.

We’ve been working on developing and refining this plan, and what it could be/mean in reality, with the FfW community. More to come soon. :)

Co-design, storytelling and exhibition demonstrations

We are making progress on the next stages of the plan.

We’ve established the network with all the participants, and more community groups are joining up.

In the meantime, here are some more of the pictures taken at the unConference:

The co-design participants, ready to create!

Lots of co-created ideas.

Voxpop storytelling from all particpants.

Community group documentary team.

Demonstrations to Saturday visitors.