We will create an awareness campaign to have a refuse management program. We have too much waste here at the school and it can be reduced by composting some of it. We will be collecting compostable scraps from the culinary class and cafeteria kitchen using a compost containers, compost the materials and then package them for sale to staff and parents and then use those funds to make the operation grow into something larger or branch out into another area of waste management such as recycling.
Cleaning beaches and schoolyards, bird watching, visiting orphanages and hospitals, field trips to natural areas.
Campaigns to raise awareness of local environmental and social issues such as HIV/AIDS·
Our club wishes to enable children realize their full potential to being changing agents in our community by addressing climate change
Sustainable sources of wood fuel have diminished. Many poor families’ household budgets suffer from domestic energy expenses. Deforestation has become a worldwide epidemic due to poverty, pressures of population growth, and low innovations in the clean energy sector and so on. The club intends to establish a very useful model to compress recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, sawdust, soil and organic waste, to make fuel for cooking, which is equal or superior to charcoal. (Briquette)
The resultant briquettes are also cost-effective and can be made to produce less smoke, thus being beneficial in terms of human health. As per experience, we have realized that briquettes to be more effective, energy saving cooking stoves are required.
PROCESS: Briquette is a new innovation alternative source of cooking fuel that can be used both domestic and in small scale industries. Briquette is made from waste products (coffee, rice husks, banana peels, charcoal dust, and sawdust) –the waste ground and the products mixed with water in various proportions. The pellets are then granulated using locally fabricated molds before being left to dry on the sun and then packaged. Apparently people especially uninformed, find it difficult to start a new initiative for self-help, without mobilizing for external support to spring board activities. The briquette project will assist the community by providing an alternative source of fuel to substitute wood fuel after being sensitized by the club members.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
• To reduce environmental pollution by converting agro-waste into smokeless Briquette charcoal fuel to combat environment pollution.
• Develop cheap cooking fuel to substitute charcoal/wood fuel that is contributing to environmental degradation.
• To create income generating activity for club member’s parents through sale of surplus Briquette charcoal pellets produced to enable them provide school fees to their vulnerable children and other basic needs.
To plant trees in and around the school community by establishing a school seed nursery bed. This will help address climate change as well as protect the forests in the neighborhood for club members and the community to continue learning from.
1. Research and introduce briquette for use both at households and small-scale industries to solve the ever-soaring prices and shortages of other fuel sources.
2. Train and equip club members to go and train the community especially women and women groups with skills of making briquette charcoal pellets as an affordable cooking fuel sources.
3. To establish a club member’s small scale factory to produce briquette, while creating employment to the club members, staff and community plus many youth who have failed to complete school.
ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES/ JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS CLUB PROJECT
With only 5% of the rural population having access to electricity, more than 90% of the country’s total energy needs in Uganda come from biomass sources. Of this, wood accounts for 80%, charcoal 10% and crop residues at nearly 4%1. The project has the following key benefits:-
(a) Energy supply: Renewable energy innovation, switch from fuel-wood to charcoal briquettes from abandoned agro-wastes.
(b) Energy demand: Replacement of inefficient existing “household energy” and improvement of energy efficiency.
(c). Carbon savings: For every ton of biomass charcoal briquette, about 88 trees with a diameter of about 10 cm is saved from cutting for firewood and charcoal making, which will in turn serve as carbon sink.
(d). Livelihood support: New form of skills training for the community creating new form of job and a little supplementary income — this could be a vehicle for a good social change
(e). To develop ecologically ethical environmental aware tourist guides and journalists.