ENVIRONMENT EFFORTS THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
- Published: Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:03
As Ruben Centre, our work is confirmed by a number of documents including The Sustainable Development Goals, The pillars and Features of ARMEA, The Ruben Centre strategic plan, ERM Strategic Development Framework. As a Centre under the Christian Brothers East Africa (ERMEA), our mission revolves around improving quality of life for many persons living in Mukuru community and finding long-term solutions to their needs. P.6 Strategic plan 2016-2020. Read more.http://www.rubencentre.org/images/word-document/strategic-plan-final.pdf
It is increasingly clear that improving quality of life for residents of Mukuru is built on the foundation of an improved social and physical environment in the slums. We are responding to 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)in our work and GOAL NO: 7 Affordable and clean energy is key. We have been continuously committed to educate the people both internally and externally and modelling best care and management of environment practices for the community.
Procedures: We have been able to work towards our work through strategic partnerships and synergy building which has been a backbone of Ruben Centre’s strategic approach. This is driven by the recognition that the existence of community efforts, sponsors, national and county government agencies, other implementing partners and private sector with a propensity for cooperation offers the best opportunity for coordinated efforts towards an empowered and a just community
To this end, the Centre’s substantial efforts have been invested in building partnerships at the international, national and county levels as it is stipulated on p.6 Strategic plan 2016-2020.
The most practical example is our newest partner PayGo who joined Ruben in 2016 and gave a major boost to our efforts to fully implement the Ruben Centre Environment Policy.PayGo is an energy distribution service based in Nairobi whose aim is to provide liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to homes everywhere through their innovative smart metering system and pay-as-you-go-technology. PayGo’s mission is to unlock clean energy for the next billion, by revolutionizing the distribution of cooking gas. The smart metering system monitors the gas levels in the cylinder and predicts when the gas is going to run out. When the cylinder is about to run out, the smart meter notifies the company and an agent will come to refill your gas cylinder.
The system works in such a way that you only pay for what you need, thus the term “pay-as-you-go”. This means that although the cylinder will be in your possession, you do not own it. You will be required to pay to activate the cylinder. So if you pay Ksh.200 you get gas worth 200 bob automatically.While working in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, PayGo Energy’s founding team noticed that households spend more money to cook with dirty fuels, like charcoal and kerosene, than they would on gas. What began as a challenge to improve product-market fit by selling gas in small quantities has now become a journey to revolutionize distribution to unlock access to gas for the next billion users.
Rather than working with Partners, the Ruben Centre’s departments play a big role in the full implementation of procedures and environmental practices in their respective work places. The departments put collective efforts both internally and externally.
- Keeping the Centre clean and beautiful at all times
- Promotion and support of environment club and young farmers club
- Maintaining well stoves for efficient use of fuel
- Minimizing use of electricity in the Centre
- Employing Centre cleaners and gardeners and maintenance team
- Recycling projects e.g. Briquette making using waste paper and charcoal dust
- Centralizing photocopier areas and systemization or paperless information systems
- Ongoing environment education for all
- Organizing environment care forums
The world is moving towards strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries through integrated climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning and every little effort counts to contributing to the overall goal. Let us all continue to improve education, awareness raising and human & institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning by taking care of our environment for a better tomorrow.
By: Margaret Kariuki
Public Relations –Ruben Centre