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 Kiangure Springs Environment Initiative is working with partners to promote renewable energy technologies by enabling  rural and urban households switch from traditional cooking methods that endanger their livelihoods and the environment.

Cook stoves


Like many African countries, Kenya witnesses important demographic growth, which has resulted in deforestation. According to the United Nations, Kenya loses 50,000 hectares of forest per year. With its forest cover standing at less than 3 percent, it is one of the least green countries in Sub-Saharan Africa today. This can be partially attributed to the fact that wood is the No. 1 energy source in rural areas. Each household consumes an average of 13 kilograms of wood per day, resulting in long hours of gathering wood for the local women.

The traditional cook stoves used by Kenyans are made of three stones over which branches are laid. The inefficient design of these stoves, called “jiko” in Swahili, allows both precious heat and noxious smoke to escape. According to the World Health Organization, smoke exposure from these stoves is equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. One cook stove will save 2.75 tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of a 20,000 km car ride, reduce by half the time women must spend every day to gather wood and reduce Indoor Air Pollution

 Under this programe we have enabled over 5000 households adopt Improved cook stoves
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Biogas

0ver 60 households  and 10 secondary schools  adopt bio-gas technology reducing their dependence on wood and indoor pollution.

Farmers are being trained on maximum utilization off bio-slurry in their farms for food security.

Solar lamps

Under this program,700 households have adopted solar lanterns that have eliminated indoor house pollution and promoted their economic status as well as security .

Biomass briquettes

 Promotion and production of biomass Briquettes to save  forests .Over 300 households currently using biomass briquettes shifting from wood.The project has employed over 20 youth who produce and market the briquettes.


Watershed management and conservation

Kiangure Springs is working to conserve the Upper Tana  watershed in the Aberdare ecosystem.We are working with community groups,farmers and schools to rehabilitate the degraded forests.

Since the 1970s, large areas of forests in the upper Tana have been replaced with agricultural fields. The high population density, intense agriculture and related agro-based factories in the region have resulted in high water demand, pollution to the water resource and catchment degradation.

 This is made worse by encroachment of protected forests and wetlands negatively impacting valuable biodiversity, water quality and threatening people’s livelihoods. The current water deficit for the city stands at 168,000 meters cubed per day (or 30% of demand) when the system is operating at full capacity.

 Without intervention, this problem will likely get worse as climate change causes more intense rainfall events and population growth leads to more farming on steep slopes. Increasing suspended sediment in the river has become a major issue as it affects the quality of drinking water and increases maintenance and water treatment costs. These critical watersheds, therefore requires intensive management for ecological integrity, ecosystems functions and the well being of the communities.

 The project will support the creation of value and secure livelihoods so that strong, secure rights are matched by strong incentives for sustainable forest use and land management. We will scale up good practices based on pilot projects in which we provided over 5000 farmers with rewards for sustainable forest management, forest restoration and biodiversity conservation.

The payment for ecosystem services Approach (PESA) has seen farmers rewarded with cook stoves,bio-gas,solar lamps and fruit tree seedlings.Over 500,000 trees planted,60 households benefited with bio-gas units and 10 schools received bio-gas and institutional stoves.

The vision for this project is to secure ecosystem services and improve livelihoods through sustainable land management practices and protection actions in Upper Tana watershed

Governance & Democracy

The purpose of this program is to create an empowered society that can demand for democratic practice at all levels and participate in governance issues.

 Food Security &Sustainable livelihoods

This program seeks to improve food security and ensure sustainable livelihoods through integrated intervention focusing on Sustainable Agriculture. The main activities under this program include crop diversification, promotion of organic agriculture and initiation of community agricultural extension schemes. Similarly, livestock, fish, and poultry farming are encouraged with emphasis on efficient utilization of the small farm sizes. Over 500 households have benefited with poultry, fish and Dairy goats.

 There is emphasis on climate smart agriculture to reduce emissions, improve soil fertility, and conserve our water resources.

 Community Health & nutrition

This is an initiative through which KSEI trains community health workers (CHWs), and peer educators to promote health education within the community and hence promote best practices in community health and nutrition.

   Gender& HIV/AIDS Program

Under this project KSEI has in the last Ten years been involved in awareness creation, sensitization and behavior change advocacy focusing especially on women and youth empowerment as the most vulnerable group.

  Water & Sanitation

This component focuses on the improvement of sanitation both at domestic and institutional level. The domestic water supply and quality to mitigate the effects of waterborne and other diseases in the community. This is done through sanitation education and adoption of Integrated Bio-gas technology and conservation of natural water sources.

 WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR PROJECT

ITEM COST
1STOVE    $20
1 Solar Unit  $50
1 Biogas unit  $1000
1 fish pond $200
1 Dairy goat $100
1 tree seedling $10

 

We also request support in the completion of our ongoing community resource centre .Total cost of project is $50,000. The building is 70% complete .We  are requesting for $15,000 for completion and $5000 for equipments .

past donors include :

1.European Union through CDTF Kenya

2.Painting a new world     Canada -

3. artist Project Earth-   UK

4.Water Environment Federation-USA

5.Panasonic Leaf- Japan 

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