Leaders of Manafwa district were privileged to learn about biogas technology and other energy efficient technologies communities can use in promoting environmental conservation.
This was through a sensitization meeting organised by CREEC at Butiru Christian Schools on Thursday 16th November in the main hall as part of the awareness creation drives in the biogas project as part of the SENRMCAM (Strengthening Sustainable Environment and Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Uganda) project.
The meeting is part of awareness creation efforts aimed at sensitizing institutions and local communities about biogas technology in addition to a biogas system that is currently being constructed at the school premises.
During the meeting, Mr Vianney Tumwesige, CREEC’s Biogas Technician and a 2011 award winning World Wide Fund Young Environment Achiever educated participants about biogas, how it works, benefits of using the technology and challenges people face in implementing the technology.Participants in the meeting had a chance to interact with the technician through a question and answer session with the help of an interpreter.
A testimony from one of the participants Mrs Wetake Lonah, a primary school teacher and a biogas user made it even easier for participants to understand the technology. She carried with her samples of some vegetables she had haversted from a garden she had been feeding with fertilizer from a biogas system at her home. They (participants) were also privileged to have a look at the biogas latrine that is currently still under construction at the school premises.
Mr. Wasike John, the District Inspector of Schools of Manafwa District and guest of honor was grateful to all funders and implementers of the project in the Butiru Community.
He believes that this system will be used as a model institution for all other people interested in getting such systems for their schools and homes. In addition, the guest of honour called upon participants to join the fight against environmental degradation right from the household levels by promoting a cleaner and greener environment.
Participants came from neighbouring schools and villages like Bukuto, Sibuse Primary School, Buwasabulo, Sukura, Buikayi Primary School, Bumiketsi, Bushiyi, Bubutu, Bugobero among many others. Other significant leaders who attended the meeting included Mr.Hayemba Joseph, the District Education Officer of Manafwa District, the LC 5 Women Councillor and representatives of many other sub counties.
Besides Mr. Vianney Tumwesige, CREEC’s biogas team was represented by the Rehema Namukose, the Public Relations Specialist and John Ochola, the Administrative Assistant.
The SENRMCAM is a Government of Uganda project that is being implemented by WWF Uganda Country Office and is funded by UNDP Uganda Country Office.
Butiru Christian Schools is the second site where a biogas system has been constructed in an effort to promote the use of energy efficient technologies among people with a bias in biogas at an institutional level.