Biogas for Nakuru





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Kenya

Location: Nakuru

Total Budget: $252,000

Area of Focus: The environment

The nature and biodiversity surrounding small rural communities and households in Nakuru Kenya is being destroyed by the relentless need to collect firewood for cooking. It was noted that most homes that had benefited from trees planted as part of a previous water tanks project were now cutting down the trees they had planted for firewood.

The project seeks to restore forests and vegetation that have suffered due to tree exploitation for timber and charcoal. The need for a family to collect or buy firewood and charcoal will be eliminated by replacing traditional 3 stone wood fires with a biogas unit and cooktop.

The project collaborates with community members who take responsibility for their land and future. Community ownership and participation are key elements of the project to promote sustainable practices and heal the scars left by unsustainable practices. This includes the planting seedlings and trees to restore green cover and creating vegetable gardens using the fertilizer produced by the biogas unit.

Women and children should not have to spend up to 4-5 hours per day hours to collect and cook with firewood. By replacing traditional three-stone wood fires with a biogas unit and cooktop, we can free them from this burden and give them time to allocate to education. Encourage participation in schools and vocational training programs. learn new skills, such as tailoring, handicrafts, or agricultural practices. These skills can lead to income-generating opportunities.

The use of traditional three-stone fires for cooking contributes to high levels of indoor air pollution, adversely affecting health particularly of the women and children. This contributes to the death of 21,500 people in Kenya each year. A biogas unit and cooktop will remove wood smoke pollution and charcoal fumes.

Once operating, the Biogas unit utilizes animal dung to produce a clean renewable fuel for cooking. The biogas by-products can be used as fertilizer for a kitchen garden or farming.

The project will Supply and Install up to 200 biogas Units to families' homes in remote communities in the Rural areas surrounding Nakuru. Approximately 800 members of the family homes with a biogas unit be the direct beneficiaries. Community members of the 22 RCCs and 176 Self-help groups who have participated successfully in the 6Ts project will also be beneficiaries of the project.

Supply & Installation of biogas Units to remote communities in the Rural areas surrounding Nakuru.

Prevent deforestation and preserve and regenerate the environment surrounding the community by removing the need to collect firewood and other biomass for cooking and replanting trees.

Reduce the ecological footprint and increase environmental resilience by reducing the need for fossil fuels and collecting firewood.

Provide a more sustainable environment to live in for marginalized communities.

Plant fruit trees as part of the project.

Recycle waste into biogas fuel. Time saved from not having to collect and gather firewood.

Reducing the risk of exposure to wood smoke toxins.

The project will also improve the health of women and children by removing smoke inhalation from cooking over wood and charcoal fires.

Provide fertilizer for the adoption of kitchen gardens to provide additional food and income.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9212

Rotary Club of: Nakuru

Primary Contact: Christine Pengillley

Email: pengilleyc@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 9620

Rotary Club of: E-Club of Australia Nomads

Primary Contact: Steven Bennett

Email: swpbennett@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $171,500
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Project listed for the 2024-25 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2461617.

Proposed Financing

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District 9620 DDF





E-Club of Australia Nomads (9620)





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System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Steven Bennett

System Entry: Pledge of $7,800 by Steven Bennett of the Rotary Club of E-Club of Australia Nomads, District 9620.

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