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The Technology, knowledge management and capacity building (TEKNOCA) working thematic group is one of the five Working Groups under Kenya CSO Platform on Climate Governance (KPCG). The group seeks to strengthen technological Capacities of   KPCG members for effective networking and coordination of climate and environment issues in Kenya.

 In order to achieve this mission the group is determined to implement its work plan and they   engaged in firsthand field trip when they finally visited the Sustainable Community Development Services (SCODE) workshop in Nakuru.

 Arriving at exactly 10:00 am in the morning of Friday 19th October 2018, the group was received by Mr. John Maina the C.E.O of the organization who doubled up as our tour guide.

“SCODE's mission is to facilitate adoption of cleaner energy technology and sustainable land use approaches through capacity building and applied research for enhanced livelihoods with concern for the environment and sustainable development. The organization has two key programs namely: Renewable energy technologies programme; and Sustainable Land Use Management.” explained Mr. Maina as he stretched his hands towards our group Chairman Mr. David Jesse for salutations.

The C.E.O then takes us through a process of induction to what exactly they are involved in informing us that  the  Current Projects the organization is involved in  includes  Improved cook stoves promotion, Biogas/Bio-latrines promotion, Solar (PV & Thermal) Energy promotion, Regional (Eastern & Southern Africa)Training on Household Energy Conservation & Marketing,

Information Resource Center, Agroforestry, Solar Drying Technology promotion, Technical Assistance to the Breathing Space Fund and Managing the East African Energy Technology Development Network (EAETDN).

The organization which was founded in Nakuru County in 2008 has since spread its wing to other neighboring Counties in their quest to use technology in finding green solutions with operating branches in Nyandarua, Murang’a, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega, Busia and Nairobi Counties.

He explains that this has created more than 500 employment opportunities both to the youth and women directly and indirectly as they involve retailers in the selling of the products.

The organization has sold over 7,000 clean cook stoves to the community around. This has contributed to the reduction of cases of deforestation.  At the same time SCODE has set up more than 1000 Biogas plants across the region contributing to cleaning up the energy needs of these homes.

“Our products in the market are fitted with the organizations serial number to confirm their originality. The stoves manufactured with SCODE's input are based on specifications provided by the Kenya Bureau of Standards. SCODE also monitors local artisans for quality control during installation of biogas/bio latrine plants. In addition, field performance and user satisfaction is monitored for improved stoves and biogas systems. And are usually sold at affordable prices to enable the local community to buy them,

On the methodology of reaching the community members, Mr. Maina says that SCODE uses participatory tools and methods to help the target communities understand the use of traditional fuels and stoves and how the products and their roles have evolved over time. This helps all concerned to identify alternative fuels and stoves and have a better appreciation for them.

 The Members of the Technical group were then taken through a process of making an energy saving jiko by one of the organization’s employee as he excitedly explained different materials used to make the energy saving jiko as some offered to purchase some of the products in support of the SCODE heroes and heroines whose only wish was to see a greener Nakuru County and hence a greener Kenya

 

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 October 2018
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