The number of refugees has been increasing since 2009; therefore, more support is needed to respond to humanitarian needs of this increasing number.
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Location: Kabingo- Isingiro Town, Isingiro District
Energy achievement 2019
14,114 House Holds (HH) using briquettes
423 Lorena stoves constructed and 180 solar stoves.
2 institutional stoves constructed and completed at Rwamurunga Secondary School
340 Lorena stoves constructed in Oruchinga
5421 House Holds (HH) sensitized in Nakivale on Renewable energy
727 House Holds (HH) trained in sludge stove construction
Fire shield stoves alongside the briquettes made from waste.
UNHCR monitoring and Nsamizi team visit a HH making hand made briquettes for business in New Hope- Nakivale.
Energy requirements are basic for all refugees and asylum seekers. The current situation indicates that refugees are using firewood, plant wastes, shrubs and charcoal for cooking which is both expensive, unsustainable and has a negative impact on the environment (deforestation) as well as social impact to the refugees in terms of SGBV effects. More than half the households use non-cost effective and non-energy saving methods for cooking. We now have some solar street lights and lanterns that have been distributed but these are insufficient and cover less than half of the population demands. We sought to promote use of sustainable sources of cooking fuel especially the briquettes that use locally available materials like domestic and institutional wastes. We also provide better and cost-effective means of running water systems either by solar or Hydro-electricity from the national grid. With better options, the project shall also continue pursuing solar lighting options for refugee households. In addition, the refugees were availed skills and access to better energy saving technologies and stoves.
Energy activities include: charcoal briquette making, bio-gas making and solar power extensions. Charcoal briquettes have been a major source of energy for cooking rather than using firewood. This does not only preserve forests, but it also provides income to the refugees in the settlements. Other activities like bio-gas making also help to provide much needed energy for lighting and cooking to households. Solar power has also been provided to compliment bio-gas and charcoal briquettes as sources of energy.
Nsamizi Staff demonstrate the making of Lorena Stove in Oruchinga Settlement.