Mirema School, Thika Road, Kenya
Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities (PFBC)
Mirema School, off the Thika Superhighway and 20km from Nairobi’s CBD, is a mixed day and boarding school with a special needs section offering both the 8-4-4 system and British curriculum. The school currently has approximately 1200 students. Mirema School is the first school of its kind to exclusively use rubbish to cook, bake and heat water with the Community Cooker.
The cost of cooking fuel was increasing annually, and availability of firewood was difficult, yet the fast-growing school had to feed over their increasing population of over 700 students, 3 meals daily.
The Community Cooker would significantly reduce the cook time for the three meals and tea break prepared every day but most importantly their cost of cooking fuel.
LONG TERM IMPACT
The Cooker has effectively reduced the School’s fuel costs by up to 90% over the last two years. Their rubbish needs encourage cooperation and collaboration between them and various institutions, creating environmental awareness among all those involved. The hot water from the Cooker used for cleaning utensils in the kitchen and providing hot bathes for the pupils.
SOURCE OF RUBBISH
A nearby school-St. Francis Man’gu supplies their rubbish to Mirema School.
They also have a contract with Kenya School of Special Education (KISE) who provide them rubbish yearly.