A.F.E.W Kenya Ltd. – Giraffe Centre organized a day’s training for Pwani University Environmental Club members on sustainable nature based enterprises and environmental project resource mobilization on the 3rd of November, 2012. A total of 46 participants from Pwani University Environmental club and their patron attended the training. The objective of the training was to create environmental awareness on sustainable environmental conservation and management within learning institutions through environmental clubs. This was meant to be achieved through, first training the students who were expected to have a multiplier effect through sharing the knowledge and skills gained to influence sustainable utilization and management of resources within the university and the immediate surrounding coastal ecosystem.
The training took the form of short presentations on broad overview of Giraffe Centre, Sustainable Nature Based Enterprises and Resource Mobilization through proposal writing, Sustainable Waste Management for a clean and better environment and livelihood, a demonstration on how to make marketable products by utilizing what many people term as waste e.g. baskets made out of used polythene bags, necklaces made out of used calendars and table mats made out of used bottle tops and finally the participants were taken through practical session on briquette making step by step using Giraffe Centre’s prototype briquette making machine; later they were given a chance to make some briquettes.
All these learning activities were made to create awareness among the students on the environmental conservation challenges the Coastal Ecosystem was facing especially through deforestation to meet the demand of wood fuel by the local households, environmental pollution through poor waste management practices and to highlight some of the existing opportunities that the students and entire coastal ecosystem stakeholders can utilize to address the same challenges. Although the training was short, the participants were very excited and through their club patron and chairman, they expressed their interest to work together with A.F.E.W Kenya Ltd in future conservation activities.
We would like to thank the management of A.F.E.W Kenya Ltd for providing all the requisites to enable us to conduct this training. We would also like to thank the Pwani University Admistration for allocating some of the training resources towards the training. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the patron, Dr. Joseph Tunje and members of Pwani University Environmental Club for having conceptualized and requested A.F.E.W to support and facilitate the training. We are grateful to Sarah Kutahi a former intern at A.F.E.W Education Department for mobilizing the training, sharing what she had learnt during her internship period at A.F.E.W and encouraging the club members to embrace sustainable environmental practices through briquette making. Finally, many thanks to the A.F.E.W team for the team spirit in ensuring that A.F.E.W Kenya Ltd realizes its mission and vision.