The project partners understand the adverse impact of climate change and inefficient energy supply to rural Kenyan communities and this project aims at ensuring sustainable energy development for Marsabit rural communities currently living off the grid.
Building on FASAL’s inaugural solar lamps distribution, Econic Earth Foundation and Green Sun Cities aim to roll out a project titled Marsabit Sola. In 2014, FASAL began an elaborate intervention targeting Class 8 exam candidates to use solar lighting lamps for studies and lighting households. The organization has managed to provide 350 solar lamps to 350 candidates and sanitary pads to more than 200 girls. This contributed to remarkable improvements in performance as reported by the school management. Through this initiative, 350 households were solar lit reducing the use of kerosene and improving homestead security at night.
Project partners will scale up the solar light distribution initiative to reach 2,500+ homes where students reside in a Northern county in Kenya. This initiative will provide solar light to over 12,000 people living in the surrounding area.
Community Solar Charging Station to be set up in the project area. The community there lacks access to electricity and uses wood fuel or kerosene for lighting. This installation will provide power to over 100 manyattas (huts) with an approximate population of 500 people. The charging station will result in reduced air pollution and enhance homestead security. It will also create opportunities for income generating activities such as small businesses and mobile charging access.
Community Study Centre will be built in an ‘eco’ sustainable model and function as a primary school center in the daytime and a study library for older students in the evening. Currently, children under 7 years old walk over 5 km a day to the nearest school, so this facility will provide greater safety and a better education with local county support. Additionally, older students who miss school due to family commitments like herding livestock, will have a place near their homes to go that has electricity to make up assignments. Noting that human-wildlife conflicts are a major threat in the area for students.
Econic Media operates as a bridge to create greater awareness for Econic Earth Foundations’ projects and a tool to bring greater awareness and action to issues around the World. The film will tell the story of the Marsabit Sola Project through a short documentary film titled “Sustainable Futures; UNSTOPPABLE”. The film will feature the community struggles, NGO groups involved, the renewable energy products used in the project and the impacts of the energy installations. It will also cover the unexpected benefits which will be revealed sometime after the project is implemented. The film will screen in festivals, sustainability events and conferences around the World.
This project is developed by three partners listed below: Locally, both FASAL and GSC will implement the project on the ground with the support of the international partner –ECONIC Earth Foundation.
a) The Foundation for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (FASAL). Founded in 2010 as a national non-governmental organization (NGO), and nonpartisan that exists to promote and protect the rights of communities living in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALS) in Kenya, and in so doing uplift the standard of living of these communities. They undertake community mobilization and empowerment in issues of Education, Food Security, Water, Sanitation, Health, Environmental Conservation and Management.
b) Green Sun Cities (GSC) is non-profit initiative established in 2012 by Vesta Networks a venture by youths in Kenya that combines efforts plus partnerships of professions in urban planning, social-entrepreneurship, art and design, environmentalism, engineering and information technology; to address climate change challenges and create awareness on a green economy in cities. – http://greensuncities.org/
c) The ‘Econic Earth Foundation’ is a US based 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on environmental and wildlife conservation through off-grid renewable energy solutions that empower communities. They collaborate with internationally based non-profits to generate community-driven solutions and film the project impacts’ to create additional educational awareness. – econicearth.org
What we need to make this happen
- Donations, grants and public support for our project.
- Solar energy and water filtration companies to collaborate with on this initiative, who are willing to donate product, assist in installing the systems, and educate staff on the technology and maintenance of the equipment.
- Airline sponsors to assist in bringing our production team to Kenya. They will be featured in our documentary as well as all marketing materials associated with this project.
What we will provide
- Sponsors – Coverage of your product and brand in our film and media. Mention in our special thanks and credits. Opportunity to join us at screenings, events, and press functions relative to this initiative.
- Tax receipts for donations.
- Invitations to screenings, events, and a copy of the film after public release.