Some pictures of the events in Kenya and UK. More to come.
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’: email@example.com
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.
The event was at Kiamaiko on the 21.01.12 was a great success.
Have a look at some video clips from the event:
– Briquetting demonstration using Legacy Foundation manual press http://youtu.be/Fzc1PfrlfiU
– Advice on marketing briquettes http://youtu.be/4t0_V4m1HHo
– Demonstration of how to best use briquettes in cooking http://youtu.be/5TMU1kQkpLA
The Standard Newspaper, in Kenya, recently ran a feature highlighting the fantastic work of the Dandora White Charcoal Youth Group. Peter Mwangi and Joseph Ndinya talk abou the genesis of the organisation, their environmental and social mission, their approach to entrepreneurship and their work with charities and NGOs (including Fuel from Waste, through their associates at Kenyatta University) in supporting and extending their mission.
“Eight years ago, Peter Mwangi and Joseph Ndinya stared at death. Mwangi was walking to a football pitch to join his friends in preparation for an upcoming football tournament when the police arrested him.
The policemen, he says, alleged that he was among the gang that terrorised motorists in the area — a claim he denied.
“They pointed a gun at me and I thought I was going to die. I was later released. They didn’t have evidence against me,” Mwangi recalls.
He says police have shot many young men in Dandora on similar allegations, some totally innocent.
The deadly incident completely changed the lives of the two from slum idlers to businessmen.
The duo are members of White Charcoal Youth Group located in Dandora. The youth group makes eco friendly charcoal from waste paper and saw dust.”
The full story can be read via the link above, or you can donwload a pdf version, here: Slum boys’ trade that is a ‘death’ armour – Dandora News
Meeting, demonstrations and training by A one a we self-help group
Location: Kiamaiko sub location/ward, Huruma location, starehe constituency Nairobi.
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Huruma chapel is located in in Huruma next to the Muslims academy and kariobangi market.
Route numbers 14 from town, 28 through EastLeigh and 26 from Makadara area. Find a simpler connection. Please note that there are always avoidable jams along outer ring road. Start early.
“A one A we self-help group is running a door to door campaign for fuel from waste. Its core business is production of briquettes. This involves a lot of waste collection and management.
A problem is that not many people are using briquettes and the demand is already high. Many groups in this location are involved in income generating activities but a very small percentage is using waste to produce fuel.
Production of briquettes also needs a lot of players and a well-coordinated materials collection plan.
A one A we will demonstrate that briquettes production is a viable income generating activity that helps keep the environment clean.
Kia Maiko is a slum area that hosts the largest goat meat market in Nairobi and produces tons of slaughter house waste. Firewood is the main fuel used for domestic and commercial cooking.
We are planning to produce briquettes and stoves to meet the demand in this location. We shall also exhibit a machine that produces 50 briquettes and hour and is operated by one person; we are in the process of making it better.
The event will also be a chance to introduce Fuel from Waste for groups in the neighborhood.
In parallel, we will be running a Newma/Afenet meeting – our 3rd coordination meeting since the waste management at the Giraffe Center.
We will have representatives from the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, Afenet members and all other associated groups.
We shall demonstrate the processes of briquettes production as a waste management initiative.
We shall also learn other waste management tips from all participants.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Sponsored By: A ONE A WE SELF-HELP GROUP – Another way of saying togetherness
Ruth (+254)0724 753 103 Steve (+254)0720 439 328 Chairperson (+254)0720 736 304
The Hut of Orphans of Kenya, a ‘Fuel from Waste’ network champion, and other associated groups, led the march in World Volunteers Day, in Nairobi.
Have a look at their blog – http://thehookenya.blogspot.com/ for more of the initiatives, or at the following links, for clips of the march:
WVD starting off – http://youtu.be/7dhk7eh3Rck
WVD being led off by FfW – http://youtu.be/jmc6GOz4jQE
FfW leading on… and tumblers – http://youtu.be/05LATti3sq4
Great work by all.
James Ochieng of the Hut of Orphans of Kenya, reflecting on recent initiatives says:
“We here at the Hut of Orphans of Kenya are glad to have been able to use the banner for our Freedom of Information Project. We have been able to talk about briquettes as a sustainable fuel. We wanted to emphasize the right to information as an indispensable component to the right of a clean and safe enviroment
Most locations as you already know are choking with litter. We believe that the Fuel from Waste Network has already started making impact. There is collection sorting and using of charcoal dust, saw dust etc. We are looking forward to a productive 2012. We shall continue with this work after the festive season. We had a lot of Fun filled days, we met a lot of people, we learnt from them we talked to them about fuel from waste. Most of them have already engaged FfW activity in their own way. “