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Apr 2, 2019

Biogas in school

Dear donors and all readers

We are happy to show the recent progress in the project you are making possible. The advances come from training communities and collaborating with several organizations especially National Innovative Agency (NIA) that shared us more of good practices. In the past months, our work has expanded and new partnerships have grown.

In late 2018, when this GlobalGiving project was getting underway, the headmaster and a group of students at Mae Lamung Wittaya School, Umphang district, Tak province became enthusiastic about the innovations they heard from CCF. It was a natural fit to the school’s climate change and alternative energy activities. As a result, the school contributed its own budget of $350 to build a biogas plant with in-kind helps from its community. It took only 2 days to finish one biogas plant.

Before building this biogas plant, the school needed to use some 33 kilograms of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) per week for cooking, which costed around $113 per month. At present, the school can produce biogas for cooking every day. This can reduce the expenses of LPG for 25% or $28 per month. The headmaster informed that the school would use this saved money to improve its educational quality, such as buying educational equipment for the school’s science lab.

In addition, the biogas can solve some 10 to 15 kilograms leftover food problems each day, which caused bad smells and ruined the learning environment. Now, the leftover food has become important raw materials for the biogas plant. The school can convert some 10 – 15 kilograms of waste food to become two cubic meters, equal to 0.92 kilograms of LPG or $0.94 per day.

The results are very encouraging to both teachers and students. It is unbelievable to them that they could change the waste food to be very useful energy. They have learned how to recycle unused things to become valuable. This success also inspires the surrounding communities to look for an alternative energy.

Under CCF’s GlobalGiving biogas project, we are to work with others to implement, monitor and advocate non-collecting firewood, reducing pollution, and sustainable energy production.

Thank you so much for your caring,

Nov 1, 2018

Consultative Meetings with Key Stakeholders

CCF has proceeded the project by setting up a consultative meeting with Umphang Subdistrict Administration Organization (SAO).

On September 4, 2018, CCF regional coordinator Mr. Sarot Sirimaung met with Mr. Akaradej Pa-ai, the Permanent Secretary of Umphang Subdistrict in Tak province to consult him about an establishment of Biogas plants in Yamokee Village. The CCF regional coordinator also explained on the project details and requested for the SAO's additional support, which was agreed as follows: 

  • The SAO will support on transportation costs to deliver materials from Umphang to Yamkee Village because it is very expensive, which is around 2,000 Baht per time.
  • The SAO will organize Biogas workshops for the community.
  • The SAO will provide plant varieties for replacing trees custdown used for firewood, which the Permanent Secretary is very serious about it.

CCF also set up another meeting with Yamokee Villagers at their Community Hall to discuss about Biogas as the following detials:

  • CCF met with the community leaders and explained to some 40 villagers about the Biogas project and its benefits.
  • The community in support of CCF developed a community map identifying families that raise pigs, numbers of pigs, and the areas to build Biogas plants. There are 36 families that raise 132 pigs (between 1 to 12 pigs per household).
  • The condition to participate in this project is that the families need to support building materials i.e. stone/ sand; PVC pipes 1/2"; gas head; construction labours and transportation
  • It was agreeded at the meeting to prioritize famlies to support according to their readiness to add up the building matereials and transportation costs; thier high number of pigs raised; their high number of family members resulting in a high number of trees cut down used for firewood.
  • At present, six households have been selected to participated in this project. 

Next steps:

CCF will engage more partners from leading organizations, such as National Innovation Agency, Energy Research and Development Institute of Nakornping, etc.

 
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