Greening Africa Together
(GATo) is a network of African and international: NGOs, universities (from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, ... and the Germany) and communities which work together to encourage sustainable development.
The NGO “New Humanity”
owns a piece of land in Kpassagambou-Benin. It has already built with GaTo in the last few years a well with a solar pump, a pig, and chicken house and created a permaculture and agroforestry garden. We want to continue at this point. The next step in the realization of the school are the construction of a sanitation system, a biodigester and a solar-powered mill for the community.
Our aim is to support the NGO on the project, in order to lay the foundations for a communitarian school and to fulfill the communities’ needs by introducing health awareness and renewable energies while respecting local traditions.
Firstly, the farm needs a basic sanitary system to assure the people’s health by avoiding oral-fecal diseases and polluting the groundwater. Our plan to ensure that is to build Fossa alterna compost toilets.
The Farm provides enough biomass to implement a biogas plant, it could transform the organic material into biogas containing around 60% methane, so it can be used in the kitchen as fuel. Primarily the community will benefit from the free gas, which is less airpolluting than firewood. Secondary it is a step in the direction of a more sustainable timber industry, because most of the wood is cut down in forests that are worth protecting. In addition the fermented output of the plant and the toilets are ideal fertilizers for the barren area the farm is surrounded by.
Furthermore, the women in the village must walk 5km to the next mill, for this reason, they have asked for a local mill since crushed cereals and grains are part of the daily local diet. As a solution we would like to provide a solar-powered mill, being of profit for the school as an economical initiative but also to support the community.
Our aim is to support the NGO by helping in the design, construction, and installation of this basic infrastructure. In order to lay the foundations for a communitarian school. Simultaneously it will encourage health awareness and renewable energies while respecting local traditions and empowering the community towards self-sufficiency.
The project is designed to be sustainable and reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to guide towards self-sufficiency and education. The whole community especially the women and girls will benefit from this project.
These are the goals to be achieved in the Summer School 2021:
Compost Toilet and Biodigester 2 400€
Solar-powered mill 4 200€
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