Project: Good Gardeners Sustainable Sanitation and Food Growing Initiative in Jinja, Uganda
Mission: Enable the Peters School in Jinja, Eastern Uganda to have a first class sustainable sanitation and waste management system that sequesters maximum amounts of carbon and produces nutrient rich food that will improve cognitive development in children.
U.K representing the Good Gardeners Intl
Richard Higgins – Project Director (The Brains)
Brendan Greene – Chief Operating Executive
Anet (Uganda, trained by GGI., in 2012) – Field Manager
Sascha Akhtar – Media Consultant The Wordsmith, Image Guru & Energetic Flow Expert, also Earth Work
The Crew In Uganda
Joan Machora – The Angel and Principal
Gerald Musoke – Headmaster
(THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT ).
Initial Contact – DONE
Assessment of Need – DONE
Planning for Survey – DONE
Travel and Survey – DONE
Create Material from Survey – DONE
Assess Resources Needed – DONE
Liase With The World – DOING!
Go to Uganda! (only when we’ve secured all the money)
Installation & Training
History & Inception
The Stiching Peters Primary School, a Dutch based Non-governmental Organization who role is to address the challenges of education and agriculture in Eastern Uganda was founded in 2005 with the goodwill and passion of Joan Machora and Peter Kruidenie. It lies in the Jinja region of Eastern Uganda. In 2008 the funding of the school was drastically reduced due to the European financial crisis that affected the Dutch partners. The school started admitting both orphans, whose education is free, and students who are able to pay fees so that the operational costs of the school would be met.
SUSTAINABILITY & AGRICULTURE
In addition, the school has been practicing farming to reduce the cost of food and to help educate farmers in the community.
The story of this project began in 2012 when Richard Higgins, Director of Good Gardeners International, was contracted by Norgesvell to do a scale up project of this HH-2 sanitation and waste management system in Kampala. At that time he surveyed four other larger schools. All the schools he surveyed wanted to adopt the HH-2 Horticultural System with DRY sanitation and grow their own food. All the schools surveyed had large amounts of land but were buying everything from markets in the town. Food security is increased by more people growing more food on the vast areas of uncultivated land.
More people in Africa send their children to school in Uganda than any other country in Africa. And Uganda, as such, could easily be the bread basket for many other places..
Then on a subsequent exploratory survey mission in summer 2015 with Brendan Greene (20 years in Africa), we connected with Joan Machora . After discussion with Joan, Richard Higgins, CEO of Good Gardener’s Intl and Brendan Greene, set off to Eastern Uganda to survey her school.
Currently, there are 630 pupils and staff at this school, and most of them are boarders. We plan to install the Good Gardeners, HH-3, DRY toilets that will serve the staff and all the pupils and the HH-2 Horticultural System will enable them to replenish their soil and grow far more food.
We surveyed the school in order to assess what would help them most. GGI observed that many schools in Uganda have a problem with not being able to supply a fully balanced, nutritional diet because they cannot afford the chemicals with which to defeat the on going pests that attack the leafy green vegetables. As a result this component is often lacking from their diet. This problem needs to be addressed so that the children from a young age can grow up with full cognitive development. The Good Gardeners initiative to carry out this work across Uganda is fully supported by The Institute of Brain Chemistry (London)
The GGI surveys so far have concluded that the dumping of human effluent into the ground (pit latrines) is a major cause of ground water pollution and can cause contamination of drinking water. Therefore in the first instance they wish to install their HH-3 DRY toilet system at Peters School. Also their HH-2 waste disposal units that are rat proof and fly proof digest all the waste collected and turn it into valuable fertiliser in a 90 day period.
THE OPERATIONAL PROCESS
GGI wishes to convert the existing toilet blocks to accommodate their DRY HH-3 toilet units. These work in conjunction with our specially insulated HH-2 units. Together these two will promote safe drinking water and safe waste disposal thus giving a healthier environment for the children. The system processes all forms of sanitation waste, in conjunction with all the garden and kitchen waste generated in the school. The HH-2 Horticultural System makes all these wastes into an optimum fertiliser in 90 days which is so powerful it actually prevents all kinds of pests and disease when used in the HH-2 growing system as it does on our demo farm in South Hertfordshire, England.
Over the many years that the Good Gardeners have been trialling the no dig system of growing they have had no serious pests or disease in any of their crops. This is due to the consistency and reliability of the fertilising end product known as HH-4. The plants are provided with such a high state of nutrition that pests and diseases just don’t attack them. Sir Albert Howard, the originator of this science, said that pests and disease were indicators that something was wrong with the fertility of the soil and that something had to be done to improve it. The HH-2 system is that solution as it generates the right fungi and bacteria that enable fully healthy crops to develop.
Once the system is installed and the staff trained in the operation of the new toilets and the horticultural growing system (no dig) other schools can come and learn how this will be possible for them to adopt.
Joan along with Good Gardeners Intl plans to spread the word outwards and affect change in other communities. Once funding is secured for this project, they can also set up as a centre for training other schools with the Good Gardeners solution for more sustainable sanitation and good waste management.
THE CARBON FOOTPRINT
The HH-2 Horticultural System that employs all manner of crop and household wastes are transformed into an optimum fertiliser in 90 days. No nitrogen is lost and being applied to the ground without digging or ploughing it achieves maximum carbon sequestration. This no dig system is the most effective carbon sequestration system.
This will qualify such schools as having a carbon negative footprint and could attract government awards, funding or subsidy.
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