Most people living around Kibale National Park depend on collected wood for cooking and preparing drinking water. A rapidly increasing human population combined with rapidly disappearing forest patches in areas outside Kibale Forest is intensifying pressure on the park’s resources. Data collected by The Kasiisi Project from 14 schools around the park show that the majority of children see Kibale as a resource to be exploited.
Children are the main collectors of fuel wood and will also be most impacted in the future by the emerging local energy crisis. The Kasiisi Project therefore believes that schools are an excellent starting point for teaching about renewable energy alternatives.
The Kasiisi Project, in collaboration with the Kibale Fuel Wood Project, supports projects aimed at finding appropriate, sustainable solutions to the looming energy shortage. We also lead by example by incorporating renewable energy in our projects. Some of our initiatives include:
- Bringing mains hydroelectricity to Kasiisi Primary School, removing the need for polluting, petrol-fueled generators
- Using fuel-efficient stoves in our school kitchens to cut down on the amount of wood used
- Incorporating soil stabilized blocks or “eco-bricks” into our construction. These blocks require no firing and no clay, thus reducing the impact on both forests and wetlands
- Building bio-digesters to produce gas for cooking and agricultural fertilizer from human waste
- Working with MIT to produce charcoal briquettes from corncob waste generated by our school farm
- Developing indigenous tree seedling nurseries at all our schools and working with our Wildlife Clubs to plant hundreds of trees at schools and on our school farm
- Teaching our students how to build and use fuel-efficient stoves
- Powering our farm buildings with solar-generated electricity