Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bio-gas lighting at Kayaba Ushirika wa Usafi na Maendeleo (Kuum B); Mukuru Settlement

KUUM B Biocentre

Household air pollution is high due to burning of traditional fuels (kerosene and charcoal) for cooking and lighting having adverse health impacts.  Use of these fuels produces high levels of smoke around the home with health-damaging pollutants.  These pollutants can lead to a wide range of child and adult diseases like acute and chronic respiratory conditions (e.g. pneumonia), lung cancer, stroke and cataract. Residents in the informal settlement are the ones mostly affected by these conditions. Umande Trust through funding from Wimma Liikuttaa has been able to maximize on the bio gas utilization from the KUUM B bio centre by installing 4, one burner stoves and biogas lamps in the four rental rooms. The biogas burner ensures the tenants have their privacy as they cook their meals and importantly improve the health of women and children.  The residents have been able to save on the cost of buying paraffin and paying electricity bills. The school going children are also happy because they are now able to do their studies using the biogas light. Umande Trust has taken its bio-sanitation innovation a notch higher by utilizing bio-gas as a source of electricity.

Piped biogas used for domestic cooking

Piped biogas used for domestic cooking
Piped biogas used for domestic lighting

Piped biogas used for domestic lighting
Biogas bulb installation
Biogas Piping Progress


       Written by: Lilian waka

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Planning Meeting
#we can’t wait. With the world toilet day just around the corner, Umande Trust is busy deliberating on how to commemorate this well coveted global event here in Kenya. Community members from Mukuru and Kibera came together to share and explore on how to make the event a memorable and“equity and dignity and the link between gender based violence and sanitation.

 The groups are fully geared up for this event as they plan for activities like a marathon that would bring different people together from the county, non-governmental and corporate sector. Participation is expected from students, women, youth and people with other disabilities. At the end of the event Umande Trust expects to bring back dignity to the women in the community who are mostly vulnerable
Planning meeting

Let us all unite to end open defecation.

Written by:
Lilian Waka

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa. Well, Ngunyumu primary school will soon be added to the good books of mother
Teresa if only she could attest to it. This is so, thanks to the sponsorship of World Vision International, Kenya through the partnership of Umande Trust to build a bio-digester in the school compound. The project was initiated since 2007 and the actual follow up construction work commenced four weeks ago with full construction and supervision from Umande Trust.
The bio-digester essentially seeks to ensure controlled Waste management around the school compound and this will eventually lead to having a better environment for the school and the local community.

It all started out with awareness about the project to the teachers, students and parents who readily embraced the initiative and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the whole project. Umande Trust also took the time to train the teachers on the procedure and process of building the bio-digester and the benefits. Some of the long-term benefits the school looks forward to enjoy from the bio-digester are, saving on the cost of buying firewood, learning experience for students, clean fuel for cooking, time, minimized odor and ensuring a clean and friendly environment. Short term benefits would be employment opportunities for people from the community who are to provide skilled labor for constructing the bio-digester.

 The project is still in progress and is expected to be completed in a few weeks’ time.
Once again Umande Trust adds to its list of beneficiaries Ngunyumu primary as it continues to improve the lives of communities and being a champion for controlled waste management and ensuring communities enjoy a clean environment.

Written by:
Lilian Waka