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Biogas plant goes live at I-Afrika school

09 October 2014, 13:31 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - There was joy at the Immanuel Afrika (I-Afrika) organization as Airtel Kenya commissioned a biogas plant at the institution on Wednesday.

Airtel Kenya staff joined the students and school management in commissioning the biogas plant which will help the institution produce enough energy it requires for cooking and boiling water.

 The small-scale biogas plant will see the institution save thousands of shillings that could have been used to buy gas, firewood, and charcoal to boil water and prepare breakfast for the kids in the morning.

I-Afrika Director Peter Nduati was happy to see the organization join a growing list of organizations that are opting for clean and cheaper energy sources.


The official commissioning of the biogas plant at I-Afrika.

 “The institution has been using the digester for a month now and we have seen great strides towards improving the lives of our young ones. The project is saving on wood that would otherwise be needed prepare meals and boil water for children to bathe.
“Previously, we used to spend KES 8, 000 on 2 tonnes of firewood per month the money that would have been used for this expense is now being utilized to cater for other critical needs for the children. As an institution, we are now glad to be part of environment conversation,” Nduati said.

He added that the institution also managed to save on fertilizer expenses as the byproduct of the digester was used as farm manure.

Also read: 27 schools to start bio-gas, bio-latrine projects 
Davis Nyaberi, the school cook, explained that cooking with biogas had a number of advantages over firewood.


The official commissioning of the biogas plant at I-Afrika.
“Cooking with biogas is convenient and safe. It has made my work much easier and more enjoyable. Before, I used to wake up as early as 4am to start boiling water for the children to bathe as well as preparing breakfast.  The biogas also doesn’t produce smoke that is dangerous to health,” Nyaberi said.

Speaking while commissioning the plant, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi emphasized that the project is part of Airtel’s spirit to support sustainable goals of the people in the community.  

He urged the school to take advantage of the biogas digester and teach the children and the community on the efficiency of the plant and replicate the same to save energy and the environment in the locality. 

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