What is Natural/eco -building
It is an art and practice of building structures using local natural materials. Waste Zero blend the practices gathered from traditions around the world with modern day building practices.
The most commonly used materials come from right underfoot; clay soil, sands, stones and other aggregates, and various fibers including straw, bamboo and wood. Most common techniques used are cob, light straw clay, adobe, earthbag, and strawbale, using them to build houses, wood fired earthen ovens, earthen plasters and wall finishes, and earthen floors.
What is Permaculture
It is an integrated design science based on ecological principles that create resource efficient and productive human environments. Permaculture brings sustainable and regenerative design to our basic needs for shelter, water, food, and energy.
Waste Zero purposes to empower communities with practical skills that promote permaculture-based income-generating activities amongst youth and women in target communities
WHAT IS WASTE ZERO KENYA ADDRESSING?
In Kenya poverty, lack of education and a run to modern unhealthy cement housing and technology is eroding the natural relationship with the resources of the nature outside and inside of us. Separation and powerlessness derive from this, calling for Kenya’s women and their children/communities to join the global movement on conscious, sustainable, natural living as a way to empowerment, unity and health. In Kenya first steps are being made in this direction.
We want to engage women and youths in rural and urban areas in this endeavour while involving progressive Kenyan women, including the passionate urban diaspora community as well as the international community of women living in Kenya and in the world to share their expertise and inspirations. In this way we could build a group of young women natural builders to operate in Kenya and in other neighbouring countries and empower themselves, other women, youth and communities.
HOW DOES OUR PROGRAM WORK?
We purpose to hold a eco -workcamp every quarter with 10-30 participants both local and international who will be engaged in permaculture, natural building construction of i.e. community structure (aligned with county plans), homes, social halls,(to be agreed based on needs assessment).
The county will be tasked with providing materials required for the construction and Waste zero will provide manpower (labor) and technical skills on eco-construction (natural building).
Waste Zero will select youths in polytechnics to become interns during the project and provide the technical skills on eco- construction that can be used by participants as a livelihood opportunity. We will also provide certification to successful interns after we have evaluated their engagement during the entire project. We will also offer follow mentorships to those interns who wish to expand their expertise and engage them in other similar project within and outside the county.
PAPER RECYCLING IS TURNING WASTER PAPER INTO NEW PAPER PRODUCTS
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