Global Peace Foundation Breaks Ground for the Kariobangi Community Cooker Project

On Wednesday, 11th May, Global Peace Foundation Kenya on behalf of the Environment Track Members hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the Kariobangi Community Cooker project at the Kariobangi Social Hall Grounds in Embakasi North Constituency. The project which is valued at an estimate of Ksh 4.5 million is supported by a consortium of corporates that share a common goal on sustainable waste management. It advances the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of combustible waste to generate energy for cooking. This reduces negative impacts on forests, cleans immediate environments, provides safe and clean cooking conditions for households as well as empowers youth with skills and sources of income to reduce the high unemployment rates which stands at 67%.

The patron of Global Peace Foundation Kenya, Dr. Manu Chandaria encouraged the youth to take initiative to lift themselves out of poverty besides relying on help from others.

Today I challenge you to do something that will have a positive impact for you and your communities. If you take it upon yourselves to solve some of this problems around you, this country will realize peace and develop into what we all envision,” said Dr. Manu Chandari

Speaking on behalf of the Environment Track Members, the Executive Director, M-Pesa Foundation and Chairman of the Environment Track, Mr. Les Baillie, outlined the achievements of the track and commended their efforts towards the implementation of the project.

“This is the first time in Kenya that more than 10 corporates are working together to support one joint program for social impact. This project is going to make a positive impact for our environment and transform the lives of many in  Kariobangi” he reiterated.

The Environment Track was initiated during the Africa Conference on Volunteer Action for Peace & Development (ACVAPD) in July, 2012 at the UN Headquarters in Gigiri and has since been supported through a Collective Impact Approach by over 10 corporate foundations. These include: Bamburi Cement, Chandaria Foundation, Cisco Systems, Community Cooker Foundation, County Government of Nairobi, EABL Foundation, Global Peace Foundation, KCB Foundation, KENVO, Planning Systems Service Ltd  , Safaricom Foundation, Tetra Pak, Total Eco Challenge, UNEP, UN Habitat, Unilever Kenya Ltd  and World Vision Kenya.

Gracing the ceremony was the Nairobi County Governor, H.E. Dr. Evans Kidero, who endorsed the project and emphasized on the need to empower young people with skills and the opportunities to develop their communities and contribute to sustainable peace and development of the nation.

“Today I pave way for the construction of the Kariobangi Community Cooker project. Once completed, the project will create employment opportunities for youth living in this area. This will also contribute to effective management of solid waste, reduce reliance on non-renewable sources of energy like charcoal hence promoting the use of clean cooking solutions for our women” said H.E Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor, Nairobi County.

The Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for Africa UNEP, Dr. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo urged the government to implement policies that would enable entities to work together for positive change.

“I urge the county government to make it a priority to create mechanisms and regulatory frameworks that incentivize partnerships for social impact and investments,” recommended Dr. Juliette Biao, “For this project to become successful, the youth must take ownership of this project and approach it as a business venture. They must prepare for challenges and have mitigations to solve issues among them,” she added.

In addition, the founder Community Cooker Foundation & Chairman Planning Systems, Arch. Jim Archer acknowledged that the rubbish menace has been a long time problem and is becoming a menace in urban areas.

“Back in the 60’s and 70’ litter became a nuisance in the city. This gave me a reason to think through on how to make rubbish attractive. I then thought of how I would use modern technology to burn rubbish in high temperatures to produce heat that would then be used for cooking and boiling water,” said Jim Archer, Chairman Planning Systems, “I want to build not just hundreds but thousands and thousands of community cookers around the world to address this social problem,” he added.

The Director, KCB Foundation, Ms. Jane Mwangi, in her statement endorsed the project and pledged to link it with KCB’s 2jiajiri (self-employment) program worth Ksh 50 billion that seeks to empower promising entrepreneurs to scale their business ventures citing that empowering communities is key in developing successful businesses.

The construction of the community cooker which entails a sanitation block, food café’ and resource center is set to begin and will provide youth employment opportunities through sustainable solid waste management technology to benefit at least 1,000 households. It will also provide practical training on waste separation at household level, fire briquette technology, compositing and plastic recycling for value addition, capacity building on entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainable peace & development among other training components. The project will be managed by Raslimali Enterprises Ltd, an umbrella group of 11 youth groups in Kariobangi and its environs under the guidance of the environmental track members.

Representing Kariobangi youth, the C.E.O. Rasilimali Enterprise Ltd, Mr. Erick Ravoga, accredited the support they had received from the Environment Track citing an improvement in their livelihoods. “Over the years, Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance has seen immense growth. Last year we registered Rasilimali Enterprise Ltd that now runs a business. We have received support from various organizations among them World Vision who donated us a plastic crusher machine that enables us recycle plastic materials among other things. We are grateful of this and look forward to more opportunities,” said Mr. Erick Ravoga.

The climax of the ceremony was marked by a tree planting exercise that was supported by total eco-challenge that resulted to 10 trees planted around the community cooker for decoration as well as to provide a breezing effect to the surrounding.  This project is in line with GPF/COMESA existing MOU; “When implementing any agenda on youth it’s always important to engage all UN agencies, the private sector and the civil society. The Community Cooker project should also be implemented in other COMESA countries and IGAD member states for broad impact,” suggested Dr. Manu Chandaria.

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Primary School Pupils Mentored to Promote Hygiene in Celebration of the 2015 Global Hand Washing Day

Founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing the Global Hand Washing Day is celebrated on October 15th every year to promote the importance of hand washing with soap to save children’s life and improve health by preventing germ infection and disease.

This year, students from Kariobangi North Girls High School participating in Global Peace Foundation’s Leap Hub program led primary school pupils from PCEA Kandegwa in Kiambu County through informative and interactive sessions on how to make economical liquid soap using local ingredients.  This was followed by other activities that included a demonstration on effective handwashing techniques and tree planting exercise.

During the event, the high school students gave a simple tutorial on how to make liquid soap using industrial salt, citric sodium, ungerol, ufacid, and water. This activity gave the pupils vital skills to not only promote sustainable and economical hygiene practices in their school but also to enable their school to save money. Typically, Leap Hub students use ingredients worth KES 100 to make 5 litres of soap which they later sell at KES 250. PCEA Kandengwa Primary School uses an average of 15 litters of soap every month for cleaning which they buy at KES300 per 5 litres. If the school adapts to this, they end up saving KES 450 every month.

After several informative sessions, the pupils reiterated the prevention techniques that ensure the elimination of germ transmission, which are known to cause diarrhea among other sanitary diseases.

A special guest Ms. Lilian Mwende, who has undergone the Water Health and Sanitation training sponsored by World Vision, informed participants on important handwashing techniques through step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Wet hands and apply soap. Rub against each other until soap concentrates with water and hand.

Step 2: Rub each palm over the back of the other hand.

Step 3: Rub between your fingers with both handsStudents practice handwashing techniques.

Step 4: Rub your right hand’s fingertips against the palm of your left hand. Repeat the same procedure with your left hand.

Step 5: Rub around each of your thumbs

Step 6: Rub in circles on your palms. Then rinse and dry your hands

Later in the day, the pupils participated in a tree planting exercise that was sponsored by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Muguga Regional Research Centre). Over 200 trees were planted to mark the day’s event and as a reminder to the pupils to always uphold best hygienic practices. At the end of the day all participants raised their hands as a pledge to champion hygiene education in their schools and communities.

The Sun Weekly Reports: Global Peace Foundation Joins Primary School Pupils to Celebrate the 2015 Global Hand Washing Day

Diageo’s Head of Environment, Water and Agriculture Sustainability Tours the Kariobangi Water Project by Global Peace Foundation

October 16, Nairobi, Kenya: EABL foundation invited Global Peace Foundation together with Raslimali Enterprises Ltd for an informal lunch hour meeting at their offices in Nairobi for a brief discussion of the progress of the water project in Kariobangi that has been supported by EABL foundation, in partnership with other organizations.
The project was done through EABL foundation’s Water of Life initiative that provides safe, reliable and sustainable water supply to communities in East Africa with no access to clean and safe water.
The meeting came during Michael Alexander’s visit to Kenya, who is the Head of Environment, Water and Agriculture Sustainability at Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company and the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine headquartered in London. He plays a major role in the implementation of the Kariobangi Water Projects and his tour to the site was paramount and timing.

Kariobangi North is one of the informal settlements in Nairobi with a population of about 40,000 people experiencing limited access to safe water for drinking and other domestic use. In response to this, EABL Foundation in partnership with Global Peace Foundation and Chandaria Foundation donated towards the sinking of a borehole and gave 5 water tanks of 10,000 liters to the area’s health center, police post and youth groups.

Michael’s tour to the site began with a visit to the Kariobangi North Health Centre where EABL supported with the sinking of a borehole and also donated 2 water tanks. The hospital which is run by the local county government serves approximately 300 patients daily from the area. Prior to the donation by EABL Foundation, The hospital encountered a number of challenges in delivering effective services to its patients due to lack of sufficient water. Just to mention but a few, the hospital’s maternity clinic was shut down due to lack of water. EABL foundation’s support was a break through as the hospital has since recorded some improvements. It’s even planning of constructing another maternity hall to supplement the previous one that was constructed through the area’s Community Development Fund.

His second visit was to the site where 2 water tanks of 10,000 liters each were donated to the Kariobangi Youth Groups. These youth groups include: Kamash and Shikamana. They work under the Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance and as a way of creating employment and improving livelihoods, the groups embarked on a project to sell water to the residents at a cheaper rate. Michael started with the Kamash Group water tank site visit where he could not help hiding his excitement about the idea. Together with the team they disguised themselves as water vendors and sold water to the locals.
“Normally a 20 liter bottle of water goes for KES 7, but we have offered to sell it at KES 5,” says Mr. Erick Ravoga, CEO Raslimali Enterprise Ltd and leader, Kamash Youth Group.

After the Kamash Youth Group site visit the team finally went to Shikamana Youth Group water tank site where they found a beehive of activities taking place. Unlike the other group, this was quite unique. The project is run by two groups: Shikamana and Future. The groups interval on a monthly basis and after selling water and offering other services like washing cars, each group collects its money and shares equally among its members. Even though conflicts arise at some point they believe in trusting and helping one another.

The groups are planning to expand their business by constructing a sanitation block next to the water tank and also investing in a hosepipe machine for washing cars.

The three youth groups are part of the 11 youth groups under the Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance that form Raslimali Enterprise Ltd. The company received support of KES 5 Million from EABL foundation in partnership with Global Peace Foundation, Chandaria foundation, Safaricom foundation, World Vision and other organizations to establish a community cooker that would serve the residents with a an open area for cooking, a sanitation block and a resource center.

During the meeting Mr. Ravoga affirmed that aside from the community cooker project, the company also engages in fire briquettes production and plastic waste recycling. It received a plastic crashing machine which it’s yet to start the production of plastic poles for fencing.

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High School Students Mentor Primary School Children on Hygiene in Celebration of the 2015 Global Hand Washing Day

October 15, 2015 – Kiambu, Kenya: The Global Peace Development Division of Global Peace Foundation, invited Leap Hubs students from the Education Division to demonstrate to pupils and teachers at PCEA Kandengwa Primary School in Kiambu County how to make economical liquid soap as a best practice in commemoration of the 2015 Global Hand Washing Day to promote hygienic practices in the school. The school which opted to invite class 6 pupils from their neighboring school, Fair Lawn Primary School to also learn from the day’s event, participated in various activities which included: demonstration on best hand washing techniques, tree planting exercise and a training on making soap.
This served as an opportunity for the primary school pupils to interact with their counterparts in high school for mentorship and inspiration. The excitement of the pupils could be seen through their faces as they looked the high school students with adoration.

The event was also graced by Ms. Lilian Mwende who resides the school’s neighborhood and has undergone World Vision’s training on Water Health and Sanitation. She volunteered on the importance of practicing appropriate and regular hand washing technics with the pupils in an interactive session that demonstrated the following steps as a best practice for keeping hygiene.

Step 1: Wet hands and apply soap. Rub against each other until soap concentrates with water and hand.
Step 2: Rub each palm over the back of the other hand.
Step 3: Rub between your fingers with both hand
Step 4: Rub your right hand’s finger tips against the palm of your left hand. Repeat the same procedure with your left hand.
Step 5: Rub around each of your thumbs
Step 6: Rub in circles on your palms. Then rinse and dry your hands
Unanimously, the pupils agreed that to avoid the spread of germs that cause diseases like diarrhea and others it is important that they always wash their hand before and after every meal, after visiting the toilet, after washing classes, after handling a pet or other domestic animals, after handling a sick person and before holding a baby.
The tree planting exercise that followed was supported by Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Muguga Regional Research Centre) who provided 240 seedlings (120 Grevillea and 120 Eucalyptus.) The seedlings were planted around the school compound and farm using chicken droppings from the green house project as a reminder to the pupils to always uphold best hygienic practices.
The climax of the day was however reached when the leap hubs students from Kariobangi North Girls Secondary School demonstrated to STD 6 pupils from both schools how to economically make liquid soap using industrial salt, citric sodium, ungerol, ufacid, and water through an interactive step by step session. This was mainly to impart them with skills that will not only sustain-ably promote hygienic practices in their respective schools but also enable the schools to save the money that they have been using to buy soap for other needs e.g. purchase of books.
Typically, the Leap Hub students use ingredients worth KES 100 to make a 5 liter bottle of soap which they sell at KES 250. PCEA Kandengwa Primary School uses an average of 15 litters of soap every month for cleaning which they buy at KES300 per 5 liters. In the long run, if the school adapts to this idea of making soap, they save up to KES 450 every month.
In line with the 2015 Global Hand washing day theme, at the end of the day we all raised our hands as a pledge to champion hygiene education in our schools and communities.

GPF’s Kariobangi Community Cooker Project Inspires Youth in a National Forum

October 6, Nairobi Kenya: The Global Peace Foundation took part in the 2nd National Youth Green Growth Summit 2015 that was held at Multimedia University from 5th – 9th October. Held under the theme “Youth as Active Partners to Drive the Green Growth Agenda in Kenya” the summit brought youth representatives from the 47 counties to deliberate on the role of young people in driving the green growth agenda.

In line with the summit’s theme, Raslimali Enterprises Ltd, a development partner of Global Peace Foundation showcased the Community Cooker Project that turns waste into resources as a best practice to drive the green growth agenda in Kenya. The project is an idea owned by 11 youth groups from Kariobangi who form Raslimali Enterprises Ltd.

Kariobangi being an informal settlement with huge population and many activities, it produces a lot of waste which represent an environment and health hazard. The community cooker project brings in a profound impact on the lives of the settlement’s inhabitants by recycling solid waste to a form of energy that can be used for cooking and heating water. It comprises a community cooker, sanitation block and a resource centre.

Speaking at the summit, the CEO of Raslimali Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Erick Ravoga inspired other youth to implement the project in their counties as an income generating activity to improving their livelihoods and transform their communities.

We started Raslimali Enterprises by bringing together 11 youth groups who manage waste in Kariobangi. Through our partnership with Global Peace Foundation we managed to bring on board other organizations including Safaricom Foundation, Chandaria Foundation and EABL Foundation among others who gave us KES 5,000,000 to set up a community cooker. Now the company is worth KES 10 million and in five years’ time we shall replicate the same model in another area.” Said Mr. Ravoga, Raslimali Enterprises Ltd.

Cook N’ Lite Ltd which has also partnered with Global Peace Foundation presented the SIMBA solar lantern to Ms. Judith Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources on the last day of the summit as a best practise to drive the green growth agenda in Kenya. She showed interest in the idea as a way of improving livelihoods in low income families and promised to bring in other stakeholders to support it.

The solar lantern is an improvement of the hurricane lantern, which uses kerosene for lighting. This poses threat to human health as it causes indoor air pollution through the emission of health hazardous carbon monoxide and other gases.

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GPD to Implement the Boy Child Mentor-ship Program in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya July 28- Zawadi (not his real name) is a class eight student at a local Primary School in Kenya. As per the Kenyan education system, he is supposed to seat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in November this year. Students in this class are encouraged to put more effort in their school work as their scores in the examination will determine the kind of secondary school that they shall be admitted to. Zawadi, a 13 year old boy, is the first born in his family. He has 2 younger sisters, a mother who is below 30 years of age and a step-father.

We first met him during one of our field visits to his School. As we were receiving the greenhouse initiative reports from the Head Teacher, Zawadi walked into the office escorted by one of the teachers in the school; teacher Maggie.
The Head teacher shared with me that Zawadi had been away from school for the past 5 months. As soon as she noticed Zawadi’s absence, she contacted the mother to find out his whereabouts with no success. Through the community, she learned that his’s father had moved out of their home and relocated to a different town. Shortly after, the mother remarried; a move that prompted Zawadi to flee from home to go and live with his maternal grandmother.
The school through the local administration summoned the mother to appear in school. The mother was instructed to make sure that Zawadi reports back to school, failure to which she would be reported to children’s service department.
The Head Teacher asked Zawadi to explain to her why he had not been attending school. Amidst sobs, he shared that the grandmother lived 10 kilo meters away from the school. Yet every time he arrived at school past the required time, he received punishment from the teacher on duty. After some time, he gave up on coming to school all together and resorted to pretending that he was attending school to avoid disappointing the grandmother. He later on realized how wrong his actions were but was afraid of going back to school and receiving more punishment for skipping school for so many days.
The Head teacher asked him, why he couldn’t go back to living with his mother who lives closer to the school compared to the grandmother. He shared how on several occasions his mother had expressed that she did not care about him at all.
The head teacher encouraged Zawadi to come back and pursue his education as it’s the only thing that would guarantee him a better life in future. He was given a book and instructed to go to class. He expressed that he wanted to go to his sister’s class who was 5 classes behind him as he was afraid of his class mates and teachers. For that day, Samuel was allowed to join his sister’s class and the teachers were instructed to encourage him to stay in school. The Head Teacher pledged to pay for his lunch for the remaining part of his school life.

As we watched Zawadi leave the Head Teacher’s office to attend class, we realized how important Global Peace Foundation’s family self-reliance model would be to the likes of Zawadi. Through our boy-child mentor – ship program, boys like Zawadi, will interact with volunteer mentors who will not only act like their father figures but also equip them with skills that will facilitate a smooth transition from childhood to adolescence.

Moreover, fathers like Zawadi’s dad will be empowered to be leaders in their homes by taking responsibility over the well-being of their spouses and children. Mothers like Zawadi’s mom and grandmother will go through a value based training that will empower them to know their key role in instilling values and nurturing their children into becoming responsible adults. This in the long term will result into healthy families that will give birth to ethical societies

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