A short summary of our project
Afri-Link Biogas Project is a volunteering project run by 5 engineering students from the University of Nottingham's Students' Union Society, Engineers Without Borders. The aim of the project is to build a biogas plant in the farming premises of BERUDA (Belo Rural Development Association) in summer 2017 for a period of 3 weeks.
As well as alleviating poverty, the project will mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and preserve local environment. Methane gas from animal residue will be converted to less global warming potential CO2 and water. This will provide a new technology for energy transformation and will allow people to use gas for cooking, heating, and as a reliable source of electricity when used with a small generator to power household appliances.
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Currently, wood burning stoves are used to prepare food which releases toxic gases into the house where it can only be vented out through an open door. This means that the person who is cooking is subjected to the harmful conditions for long periods of time which is very detrimental for their health. Women are most often in charge of cooking - and for pregnant women it can cause serious health problems to their unborn children.
The biogas capturing system also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the village through anaerobically processing the manure going into the plant and producing a more effective fertiliser for the crops. The villagers can use this to boost their crop yield while at the same time increase the sustainability of their agriculture.
Who are we?
The five volunteers:
-Andreas Kangari - 3rd year Chemical Engineer currently on placement placement year with Jacobs
-Jade Lindley - 4th year Product Design and Manufacture
-Zahra Motavasel - 3rd year Chemical Engineer currently on placement year with GSK
-Muaaz Ashraf - 1st year Mechanical Engineer
-Joe Garvey - 2nd year Electrical and Electronic Engineer
-John Pepper - Project Manager at Afri-Link
-Rene Pruljan - Volunteers Manager
-Augusto Ngabirano - Fundraising Manager
-Khadiyo Hassan - Volunteer Supervisor
Why Cameroon and afri-link?
We have specifically chosen Cameroon for the following reasons:
• 48% of Cameroonians live under the poverty line
• 17% live on only $1 a day 51% live on just $2 a day
• 30% of Cameroonian’s are unemployed
• Life expectancy is only 45 years of age due to widespread poverty and lack of access to basic health care
• Widows, Orphans, Single Mothers and Mentally Handicapped are marginalised
• Afri-Link helps and supports African grassroots charities
• The Project Manager at the charity, engineer John Pepper, has devoted his retirement to helping others, through the Orphan, biogas plant, and building classrooms projects. We want to help him!
• Besides building the biogas plant, we can help with the roofing of elderly persons' houses, work on the Orphan project, and carry out various other repairs around the region.
Why our help is needed?
With our joint effort we can equip the locals with the resources and skills required to maintain the biogas plant for many years.
The current design of the homes in the village do not include chimneys which traps the gases released in the burning process inside the houses until they are vented out.This can lead to serious pulmonary diseases and affect everyone in the house even after the fire has gone out. Methane burns much cleaner with releasing far less hazardous by-products.
Through your contribution, not only can the local villager of Belo receive help, but we as volunteers will be gaining an experience of a lifetime equipping us with knowledge that can be applied for further volunteering opportunities.
Thanks to generous donations from alumni and friends, we have been offered a Cascade grant but this is conditional on us reaching our minimum target of £1000 on this Jumpstart page.
Help us help Cameroon!
We are determined to raise as much funding as possible in order to provide additional support for the villagers by helping with smaller tasks such as repairing the roofing of the elderly persons' houses, installing a standby electric generator, and working on the Orphan's Project.
Where will the money go?
The money is used to cover the following costs for the volunteers:
- Vaccinations (approximately £100 per person)
- Accommodation (we will be staying alongside the locals therefore approximately £50 per person for the three weeks)
- Transportation (£70 per person including transport from Douala to Belo and back)
- Cost of Visas (£100 per person)
- Food (£80 per person for the three week stay)
- Flights (approximately £400 per person)
Material cost of construction of the biogas plant is roughly £4000, which we are determined to raise money towards for, however any shortfalls will be covered by Afri-Link and us volunteers personally.
What will you gain?
All donors can opt to receive updates about where we are with the project and the final results when its completed.
Most importantly, you will help a community, half of which live under the poverty line! Saving lives of families and unborn babies from toxic gases given off from burning wood whilst saving the planet from detrimental effects of global warming!
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