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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Community Education


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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Community Education
Case Study Session
Ms Ireri Bancy, RCE Greater Nairobi
9th African Regional RCE Meeting
5-7 August, 2019, Luyengo, Eswatini

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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Community Education

  1. 1. 2019/08/12 1 ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS THROUGH COMMUNITY EDUCATION by RCE GREATER NAIROBI Implementing organization HERI Foundation The organization’s area of coverage is Kiambu and Nairobi Counties in Kenya Characteristics of the area • Steadily increasing population and urbanization. • High pressure on natural resources. • High dependence on wood products for fuel resulting in severe deforestation due to cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal burning. Opportunity in the area • There is a lot of organic waste which has not been having any economic value in the area but instead has been a health hazard. • The wastes include tree leaves that fall with change of seasons as well as during pruning of hedges, agricultural wastes such as spoilt kales, rice husks, left over foods from hotels and institutions, animal wastes such as chicken droppings, cow and pigs dung. Project goal • Educate the community on how to convert the waste into an economically valuable resource by generating fuel and income from the waste. This not only helps in managing the waste and conserving the environment, but also have added benefits of having a cheaper and renewable energy source as well as receiving additional income by selling the surplus fuel, therefore improving the community’s livelihood. Project objectives • To produce a product which is cheap and burns for longer time with less smoke which is a chronic health hazard. • Convert waste to energy • Decrease the cutting of tress for fuel wood and charcoal burning. • Build capacity of trainers of trainers at community level • Create sustainable income generating activities in renewable energy while connecting research to the local communities through appropriate renewable energy technologies.
  2. 2. 2019/08/12 2 Main project activities • Training community groups and youth groups on how to prepare raw materials for making briquettes • Training the community on the ratio of raw material and binding agent for different organic wastes and how to mix them • Training the community on calculating the cost of production, packaging, marketing and financial record keeping • Training selected community members as trainer of trainers in renewable energy Project impact • Has resulted in an alternative source of fuel, the briquettes, which is cheap, safe and burns for a long time with less smoke as compared to fuel wood and charcoal. This contributes to achievement of SDG 7 • The use of organic waste saves a number of tress which would have been used as fuel wood or charcoal burning, contributing to SDG 15. • It reduces the problem of solid waste management where the waste is converted to energy hence ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns in line with SDG 12. • The community is being economically empowered through the sale of surplus briquettes as well as being self- employed thereby ending poverty as per SDG 1. A community group being trained Demonstration session Exhibition at KEFRI open day 2019 Project focal points • Loise Waiyaki – HERI Foundation – • Mr. Douglas Kinyanjui – HERI Foundation – • Dr. Esther Lesan Kitur – Kenyatta University – or coordinator-
  3. 3. 2019/08/12 3 THANK YOU Question & Answer