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Turn farm and household waste into income-generating products in Kenya

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Kenya

https://www.uusc.org

Background

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. We envision a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights. UUSC’s work is built on the conviction that all people are entitled to basic human rights, which transcend divisions of class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

Through partnerships with grassroots organizations in the United States, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, UUSC’s Environmental Justice Program promotes and defends the human right to water. The program is also working with grassroots organizations to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the environment particularly on the right to water and to influence global policy that would address these impacts.

The Challenge

UUSC is working with a grassroots NGO in Kenya, Soil Farm Multi Culture Group (SFMG), on an innovative project called “Hope in Crops.” The project is a climate change mitigation/adaptation/livelihoods project in the Kakamega rain forest. The goal of the project is to conserve the Kakamega rain forest and protect it from deforestation. It involves planting of indigenous trees and food crops. In addition, SFMG supports income generating activities by local community groups including zero cattle grazing, milk production, bee keeping and basket weaving. The wastes generated by all these activities could be turned into resource that would benefit communities and create new livelihood opportunities instead of being discarded into the environment.

UUSC seek volunteers to with SFMG to research and study these wastes and develop income generating products from them that would meet the needs of the local people. To do these volunteers should be willing to work with SFMG to research the needs of the communities and design new products that would address them. Products developed from these efforts could be introduced to other regions of Kenya and other African countries.

Qualifications, preferences and assets

Time constraints

UUSC welcomes help with this project at any time in 2011

Contact Information

Dr. Patricia Jones
Environmental Justice Program Manager
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
689 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
pjones@uusc.org

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