Update June 2015

LIGHT in Schools

It’s so expensive, in fact, that we’ve heard stories of parents stopping their children from studying at night because they can’t afford the kerosene to keep the lights on.  Teachers in rural areas often complain that their urban peers have an unfair advantage simply because their children have light at night. The donation of 30 Solar powered lighting units to 30 schools is the best solution for the future in the above stories and complaints.

From the 20th-22nd January 2014, JEEP carried out 2 awareness and training sessions in the districts of Bududa, Kapchorwa and Budaka. This training aimed at creating awareness on the effects of climate change and the depleting forest cover resulting from cutting down of trees for wood and charcoal fuel.

Well, the use of briquettes as an alternative to wood fuel would serve to reduce the pressure on green cover especially trees since they are made from locally available biomass materials such as coffee husks, wood shavings, sticks, shrubs, grasses and agricultural plant remains.

A total of 4 briquette press machines, 4 carbonizers and 4 crushers were allocated to the different groups trained. In addition, 2 waste dryers and 2 briquette driers were constructed to dry wet biomass wastes before carbonization and the briquettes after carbonization respectively.

Joint Energy and Environment Projects hosted local media houses in Uganda on the 9th December 2013 by carrying out the Media Awareness Learning Tour at the demonstration center with the goal of Educating, Communicating and providing Information to spread extensively to diverse audiences within and without Uganda.

JEEP successfully implemented the awareness initiative where 17 people from the media; (Newspapers, Radio, TV) attended and participated

Update May 2015

Members of Parliament seminar on KAL Project

Members of parliament from the district where KAL project is carried out together with the members of Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) were invited. However, a big number of them did not turn up due to many committees which were sitting at the same time. We were also told that others were back having campaigning for the coming elections. Still, the few expressed their challenges and also showed interest in JEEP’s project as it’s one of the ways their constituency could develop, some of them expect too much from JEEP. We also told them that their people expect a lot from them, both assumptions caused a serious debate! At least there was a consensus that JEEP and MPs have to work together in the advocacy work on Environmental Issues.

Beginning in 2007, when JEEP’s staff received a solar training by experts of the Nordic folkecenter and Mali folkecenter, JEEP’s solar projects in Uganda have been highly successful. One of the first villages to be included in one of those projects was Wabutungulu in Luwero District. A solar run phone charging shop for the local community opened its gates in 2008 and will now be turned into an energy saving shop using an elaborated business concept.

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