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The wPOWER Hub: Preserving Forests through Tree Planting

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The wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted a tree planting ceremony to promote the management and conservation of the environment, as part of its core mandate.

The ceremony was attended by the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof Peter Mbithi, The Green Belt Movement, students and staff members from The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, and other stakeholders.

More than 2,300 tree seedlings from indigenous trees were planted.

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Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

Right, wPOWER Hub Academic Director Prof Henry Mutembei, Aisha Karanja,Executive Director,Green Belt Movement

 

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ADOPTING A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO CHARCOAL

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

Charcoal is a prime source of energy, and is a driving force in many economies. In Africa alone, over 80% of the population still depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking, and this is unlikely to change due to population growth and rising urbanization.

A team from the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, paid a visit to Cookswell Jikos, a small Kenyan owned hybrid business that provides quality charcoal and wood fueled stoves to the market, to discover how the business is providing sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the charcoal industry in Kenya.

Cookswell has established an eco friendly charcoal making kiln used to produce charcoal from sustain-ably managed forests in a more environmentally friendly way. The Kinyanjui Kiln makes about 1kg of charcoal per hour, and is made from 20 gauge sheet metal.

‘We are trying to reduce the amount of emissions from charcoal production and have also been able to condense and recover as much of the smoke into a usable product for your home’ said Teddy Kinyanjui who spoke as he demonstrated how the charcoal making kiln works.

Cookswell Jikos advocates for the sustainable production, management and utilization of wood fuels as one of the many renewable energy resources for East Africa’s cooking needs.

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The American Jewish World Service at the wPOWER Hub,Wangari Maathai Institute

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

Jewish World Service(AJWS) is a human rights organisation which supports community based organisations in 19 countries in the developing world . Dahlia Rockowitz and Eva Lerner from AJWS visited the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute to explore more about the Hub activities and areas of partnerships.

AJWS is the first and only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world. Its headquarters are in New York City. In Kenya, AJWS’ focus is on natural resource rights and grassroots gender mainstreaming.

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From left, Wanjira Mathai (wPOWER),Eva Lerner (AJWS),Prof Henry Mutembei (wPOWER),Aisha Karanja (GBM), Dahlia Rockowits (AJWS), Mercy Karunditu,Gitahi Githuku(AJWS),Simon Kiragu (wPOWER)

 

 

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Proud to host Maria Moser and Tatum Albertine from the State Department

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted Ms Maria Moser from the Department of State and Ms Tatum Albertine an Environment, Science and Technology and Health Officer from the Embassy of the United States of America.The two paid a courtesy visit to the Hub to learn more about the development of the Hub’s activities towards promoting the role of women in clean energy.

Wanjira Mathai the wPOWER Hub Director thanked Ms Moser and the Department of State for their continuous support, towards the project, and gave an overview of the Hub  activities and progress.

Prof Kiama Gitahi, the Principal CAVS, who was also present in the meeting, underscored the significant role that the wPOWER Hub plays at the Wangari Maathai Institute, and stated that the project’s mission is well in line with the Wangari Maathai Institute’s vision to provide excellence in experiential learning, transformational community outreach, and research for sustainable environments and cultures of peace.

In January 2013, the Department of State and USAID teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, CARE International, Solar Sister, Swayam Shikshan Prayog and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies to launch the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (“wPOWER”) that aims to empower more than 8,000 women clean energy entrepreneurs across East Africa, Nigeria and India who will deliver clean energy access to more than 3.5 million people over the next three years.

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From left( Robert McAyoo, Social Enterprise Officer, Dr Mary Kinoti, Dean, Business School, University of Nairobi, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, Tatum Albertine, Environment,Science,Technology and Health Officer, Embassy of the United States of America, Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director, Maria Moser, Department of State, Prof Henry Mutebei, Director Wangari Maathai Institute, Anne Misiko, M&E Officer, Lilian Kong'ani Project Assistant

From left( Robert McAyoo, Social Enterprise Officer, Dr Mary Kinoti, Dean, Business School, University of Nairobi, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, Tatum Albertine, Environment,Science,Technology and Health Officer, Embassy of the United States of America, Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director, Maria Moser, Department of State, Prof Henry Mutembei, Director Wangari Maathai Institute, Anne Misiko, M&E Officer, Lilian Kong’ani Project Assista

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DorothyProud to host Maria Moser and Tatum Albertine from the State Department
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wPOWER Hub delegation visits the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS)

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

The wPOWER Hub team is delighted and grateful to have been hosted by the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS),Prof Kiama Gitahi. The team met to discuss ways of how to strengthen the partnership between the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute and the University of Nairobi.

The Wangari Maathai Institute at the University of Nairobi is uniquely placed to host the wPOWER Hub, due to its experiential learning – an approach that bridges the gap between knowledge and practice. The institute is also closely linked to the Green Belt Movement (GBM), a nearly 40 year old grass roots conservation organisation empowering women to transform their lives through environmental, social and civic activities.

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The Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Changes’ Emily Seen visits the Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute

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By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News

Emily Seen, a special assistant in the office of the special envoy for climate change, expressed her excitement to visit the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and share the work of the Special Envoy office towards combating climate change.

The wPOWER initiative, is advancing the State Department’s objectives of unlocking women’s potential to combat climate change, particularly through promoting women’s leadership in increasing sustainable energy access and related sustainable natural resources management. The wPOWER Hub is focused on directly integrating women into the energy access value chain (particularly through “last mile” sales and distribution), building and strengthening markets for small-scale clean technologies, and increasing energy access.

Wanjira Mathai(extreme left), Prof Henry Mutembei, Director, WMI, Emily Seen, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Tindi Sitati, Communication's Officer.

Wanjira Mathai(extreme left), Prof Henry Mutembei, Director, WMI, Emily Seen, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Tindi Sitati, Communication’s Officer.

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DorothyThe Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Changes’ Emily Seen visits the Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute
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The Principal CAVS, Prof. S.G. Kiama congratulates Prof. Henry Mutembei, on his appointment as the new Director, Wangari Maathai Institute with effect from April 11, 2016

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By Lilian Kong’ani, Wangari Maathai Institute

Prof. Mutembei, the newly appointed Director, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters in Clinical Studies from University of Nairobi and a PhD from Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Prof. Mutembei in conjunction with Prof.S.G. Kiama, Principal College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, were part of the conceptualization of the Wangari Maathai Institute together with Prof. Wangari Maathai.

Prof. Mutembei, has published widely in the field of Veterinary Medicine, Animal welfare and Disaster Management. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Faculty Coordinator of Research projects and field attachment. He is also the Coordinator of the University of Nairobi- World Animal Protection Project on Disaster Management.

Prof. S.G. Kiama, Principal CAVS(left) and Prof. H. Mutembei, Director WMI

Prof. S.G. Kiama, Principal CAVS(left) and Prof. H. Mutembei, Director WMI

DorothyThe Principal CAVS, Prof. S.G. Kiama congratulates Prof. Henry Mutembei, on his appointment as the new Director, Wangari Maathai Institute with effect from April 11, 2016
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