Peters School, Eastern Uganda

Good Gardeners Sustainable Sanitation and Food Growing appeal in Jinja, Uganda.
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Project Mission

Enable the Peters School in Jinja, Eastern Uganda to have the first-class HH-2 waste management system along with the HH-3 DRY Sanitation System.

The first consideration is to stop the risk of polluting the groundwater from sanitation runoff from conventional pit latrines. The HH-3 DRY toilet system completely prevents this and enables the HH-2 waste management system to operate smoothly in its fertiliser making capacity which requires fresh pure water with which to do so. It was found in our survey of this School that even though it is a fee paying School they were not able to afford the chemical pesticides to stave off the bugs and diseases to grow leafy green vegetables. Hence the children are deprived of their nutritional benefit. It is proposed that the wastes from the school and kitchens are all collected and processed through the HH-2 system which generates the right fungi and bacteria to quickly process these wastes into the optimum fertiliser HH-4.

The end product HH-4 is then applied to the surface of the land and so much digging over the soil can be stopped. This unique fertiliser/soil conditioner which fertilises and conditions the soil at the same time then facilitates pest and disease-free growing which will mean that they can once again grow leafy green vegetables for the children.

 

People

People

Richard Higgins – Project Director: Richard has made a comprehensive study of the work of Sir Albert in this connection and has developed the fungus generating caperbility in the HH-2 equipment that quickly digests all manner of organic wastes and transforms them into fertiliser in 90 days. The operating process falls within  the health and safety guidelines of the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency and therefore will be very suitable for Africa. He lectures about this to the Soil Association and Universities in the UK. He has presented this technology to the UN in India and in Haiti to the UNEP and the UNDP where it was very well received.

Sir Albert Howard was the founder of this science and the root cause of the formation of the Soil Association worldwide. His work focused on soil health. This work and work in the same vein has to be revived if we are to replenish the depleted soils of Africa. 

Brendan Greene – Chief Operating Executive with over 20 years of experience in Africa. He has started farms and food processing businesses in Kenya.

The Team in Uganda

pictured opposite is the Principal of the School, Peter Kruidenie and the Head Teacher, Joan Machora. Our Uganda Field Manager, Annet, trained by GGI., in 2012 at our Kamplala demonstration farm attended the survey of this School.  She had  developed, in Kampala, cow dung cannon balls which are loaded with charcoal which can be made from Banana skins and corn haulm waste. We used them as an optimum cooking fuel in our rocket stoves while we were there demonstrating that you don’t need to cut trees to make charcoal to cook with.

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Pathway

  • Initial Contact – DONE
  • Assessment of Need – DONE
  • Planning for Survey – DONE
  • Travel and Survey – DONE
  • Create Material from Survey – DONE
  • Assess Resources Needed – DONE
  • Liaise With The World – DOING!
  • Secure Funding
  • Go to Uganda! (only when we’ve secured all the money)
  • Installation & Training
  • Support, Feedback

More About The Project

Further Developments

Train other schools/make and sell the valuable HH-4 fertiliser/soil conditioner that prevents all manner of diseases in the staple crops of the world. These include Black Rust in wheat, Yellow Rust in wheat and Stem Rust in wheat. This programme will empower the school to sell the excess fertiliser and receive a commission from promoting sales of the HH-2 system.

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 practising farming to reduce the cost of food and to help educate farmers in the community. The HH-2 System actually prevents pests and diseases from devastating crops without having to buy any chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides etc., It is an essential element in the push for increased food security for Africa.

In 2015 the school also opened a Nursery school for children below 7 yrs.

Connections

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. It is the simplest agricultural/horticultural system there is and as such anyone can operate it without conventional agricultural training.

More people in Africa send their children to school in Uganda than any other country in Africa. And Uganda has been coined as the possible bread basket for many other countries.

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 that will enable them to replenish their soil which will greatly increase their food security and the nutritional content of their food. It is a fact that the soils of Africa are much depleted and this is the cause of malnutrition.

The Assessment

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 ongoing 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 groundwater 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 which prevents drinking water from getting polluted. Also, their HH-2 waste disposal units are rat proof and fly proof and digest all the waste collected and turn it into valuable pathogen-free fertiliser in a 90 day period. Besides pit latrines causing pollution to groundwater – rats and flies are the greatest spreaders of disease. (World Health Organisation).

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 fifty 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.

Future Planning

The work the Good Gardeners Charity is performing is essential for the establishment of sustainable food security. 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 sustainable sanitation, good waste management and pest and disease-free crop production.

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.

Funding Required

£46,317.

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