UN Opens 1st Zero Emission Community Power Centre in Rural Kenya

Posted on 9 July 2008. Filed under: Development, Energy, Environment |

UNIDO8 July 2008 – The first power-generating centre using environmentally friendly hydro and solar power has been inaugurated in a Kenyan village 150 kilometres north east of Nairobi by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Apart from generating electricity, the new centre, in Kibai village in Kenya’s Kerugoya division, promotes the use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps to replace kerosene lamps that contribute to respiratory illnesses in children and women who use them on a daily basis.

Kibai villagers have begun using the centre for phone and lamp charging as well as accessing the internet, a rare phenomenon in rural Kenya, where only 10 per cent of the population has electricity.

UNIDO is calling on communities without access to electricity to submit proposals for similar initiatives in Kenya for consideration by international donors.

The project is part of the “Lighting Up Kenya” programme led by UNIDO and other UN agencies with the objective of eliminating kerosene from home lighting, and using electricity for income generation.


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I didn`t know that there is hope going on- I`m so happy to read such things, which give others more power, in the meaning of the word! Very good is also, that it takes not only one step ahead,no-this keeps people moving, so there are many steps done! Thanks for that!

there is need for rural areas in kenya to come up with a good solution to this problem. as to my thinking embarking on garbage and sewage processing to get electricity can be a good idea as it eradicates unwanted refuse and keeps the environment clean

Care-Way Trust is a Non-Profit making; Non-Partisan; Non-Political and Non-governmental organization, with legal registration (TRUST DEED – Number – 492) with the Ministry of Lands; which works with the community in socio-economic development programmes in the six counties of the coast region namely (Taita/Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, kilifi, Tana River and Lamu).
Care-way trust generally means (Coast Active Redeemers, Women And Youth)
Our Main Objective:
To promote the socio-economic wellbeing of members and the community at large; through maximum exploitation of local natural resources, sustainable income generating activities, civic education on human rights, gender equality, HIV/AIDs awareness and counselling.

To promote culture, environmental cleanliness and maximum utilization of natural resources for creation of wealth through sustainable income generating activities initiatives (IGA).
To generally educate and inform local communities of all aspects of national policies, legal , social, political and/or economic frameworks regarding land and other natural resources for the purpose of enabling the locals to reap maximum benefits and improve child education especially girl child.
To advocate for unity and peaceful co-existence within the coast coastal communities among the other members of the wider community towards caring the needy especially orphans, widows and the aged.
 The founders of care-way trust reached to the resolution of forming it, after through kawaya youth group successful implementing several projects within Jaribuni Division, Ganze constituency in Kilifi County.
 These projects included: – A) Environmental conservation i.e. planting of trees in schools.
B) Empowering youth with skills and knowledge through Revival of Jaribuni Youth Polytechnic.
C) Civic Education on HIV/AIDs awareness, i.e. Behaviour Change Education (BCE) – TOWA Project.

The arrival to the rural primary schools solar Lighting, hence installation follows a well reasoned factor ranging from easy accessibility of a reliable and affordable source of lighting, a vital aspect for children who cannot access electricity, this when implemented it would be a resource for successful and effective studying for students in classes seven and eight in the targeted ten primary schools around Jaribuni ward.
The main objective of this project is to better KCPE results performance and accessibility of lighting system to the pupils and candidates through solar panels.

a) To increase easy accessibility of basic lighting system from classes seven to eight levels.
a) To enhance affordability source of lighting system and phone charging programme for teachers and community members.
b) To reduce the costs of buying fuel to some schools thus reducing the burden from poor parents.


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