In 2011 we initiated a recycling and educational campaign in schools in Durban and surrounding areas. LAEO also designed an educational booklet for the campaign which teaches kids about pollution and the value of recycling. The booklets were distributed at numerous schools participating in the programme. The aim of the project is to eventually include 62 schools in the South Durban area, one of the most polluted areas in eThekwini (Durban) municipality. The participating schools are visited regularly to do seminars with the learners and to maintain interest and emphasis on the recycling. COP 17 Climate Response Expo 2012 donated most of their waste bins to the project. This amounted to 70 wheelie bins and 60 large 75 litres bins which were distributed to 10 schools within the project and the rest to other schools we came across that needed bins.
UGANDA NURSERY GARDENS PROJECT
Environmental conservation Education:
Twiesige Selegio and his team conduct a training course from the ‘Rescue The Earth Mission Booklet’ to school going children mostly from Primary and Secondary schools in Uganda. In this project they have trained over 600 students and awarded them with certificates once they have completed an exam about the booklet. Recently over 90 students have been trained and of those 81 students completed the course and qualified for their certificate awards. In addition to the above, Twiesige has enrolled many more students for the third term training which has begun in September 2014.
Nursery Beds Project (Coffee)
This project is intended to benefit the environment by using environmentally friendly tree species, as well as educating community members and students of the best possible methods of cultivating nursery beds.
This helps create sustainable job creation to all members of the community that are involved. The product that was chosen for the Nursery Bed project is coffee trees. This commodity was chosen for the duel purpose of creating a forest, as well as providing income for the communities. Twiesige discovered that the local communities were destroying the forests in order to make a living. The Coffee as a commodity is a high demand product, with a large established market. This will help prevent the communities form cutting down the natural forests.
Energy saving stoves:
These stoves use less firewood as compared to others. This will help decrease the amount of firewood consumed and therefore reduce the amount of trees that are cut down for fuel. Twesige and his team aim to establish another nursery bed in a second location, where the need is greatest.