Biogas is a clean renewable source of cooking fuel that can be generated from leftover organic matter. Currently, over 90% of East Africans use wood or charcoal as fuel to cook their daily meals, resulting in a myriad of environmental issues such as deforestation and desertification as well as health issues to those who are exposed to the smoke. Each of the household digesters will provide a free clean renewable source of cooking fuel by capturing the methane released from organic waste materials such as animal manures and household food scraps. In addition, The Hummingbird Project will develop curriculum to educate neighboring communities about the importance of environmental stewardship and implementation of sustainable land management practices. Developing self-reliance at the community level will create models for sustainable community development in Kenya and also serve as a model for other developing countries.
In Kenya, The Hummingbird Project (THP) has been proud to collaborate with Daraja Academy, the first free all-girls secondary school in all of East Africa. In the future we hope to continue our sustainability projects there and train the community about organic agriculture and build biogas digesters.