Phase III Pilot Program
em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc.
Proposal and Business Plan
From the first stages of registering em*POWER+ as an NGO in Bangladesh to proposing methods of waste renewable resourcing to improve the livelihood of waste pickers currently working in Matuail Landfill, to implementing Phase III of the empower model. Technical and process solution prototypes were created and tested to help in-sure its efficiency to help improve the Matuail community lifestyles. The successful prototypes were replicated and presently in the stage of being executed during our Phase III pilot program to help test and insure its effectiveness in the Dhaka, Bangladesh which began March 2012.
Em*POWER+’s Phase III pilot program will include developing and enforcing a house hold waste management system program to prevent further burning of organic waste which initially was a harmful solution for waste pickers to sort out inorganic material which were sold for profit. Instead pre sorted waste will improve the health of waste pickers while attaining inorganic material for profit. During Phase III, constructing a sanitary sorting facility, which will be located outside of the landfill. The sorting facility will help insure the waste remains sorted and will be transported to the designated stations: composting and biodigestor. Composting stations will support agriculture without manipulating local soil properties. The biogidestor will help generate electricity for local facilities. While vocational training will take place with in the community center which will be constructed next to the sorting facility. The community center will hold a host of facilities such as on-site eco-toilets and portable water supplies.
Site Scouting Continues...
Em*POWER+’s primary concern is to connect with near by landowners to build relationships and partnerships which will allow further development of em*POWER+’s model of Phase III and if successful to venture out and execute Phase IV . Phase IV will expand on the pilot program on a much larger scale, such as building on the current mechanism that is applied to the biodigestor to help generate electricity to households throughout the landfill.
Solar Bottle Bulb Installation
Our efforts to improve the current educational resources for the Project Bangladesh begins with our collaboration with Grambangla Unnayan Committee, which is a non-profit development organization working with the child scavengers of Matuail Sanitary Landfill since May 2009. The planning and research to help improve the physical infrastructure of the school with in the Matuail Landfill is in progress. The onsite Project Manager for Project Bangladesh, Sejan Bari, helped oversea the installation of solar bottle bulbs to improve the lighting inside of the school on February 11, 2012. Students are now able continue with their activities inside of the school with ease. The final installation, which includes sealing the roof, took place on February 22, 2012. The overall cost of installing one solar bottle bulb unit, including the cost of labor result to a total of 2000TK which is about 25 USD. This cost efficient method made a difference to improve the educational resources that are being presented to the children of Matuail Landfill.
Building Compost Bin
Phase III of building the compost bin took place on February 24, 2012. This will help support further development of agriculture and the growth of a community garden near the landfill. The overall cost of constructing the compost bin was 4100Tk which is about 50 USD.
This prototype consists of two compartments, about 1 m3 each that will hold about one ton of kitchen waste. The waste will be procured from nearby waste carrying vans. Once it is gathered, it will be chopped, moistened and layered to ensure hot compost. Piles will be turned weekly for aeration. A pile made with a balance of fresh greens and bulking materials and turned weekly can be ready to use in three weeks. This process will be concurrently done with em*POWER+ US teams own prototype research. Data and findings will be shared between them and the local team.
What Is Your Ideal Home?
On February 12, 2012 the International team meets US team at Princeton University in efforts to collaborate information and ideas to help implement Project Bangladesh Phase III of the em*POWER+ model.
Interns, student chapter of Princeton and Rutgers University, SCS Engi-neers, Habitat For Humanities Rep, Yolo County Engineer, and the On Site Bangladesh Team were all working together to understand the current infrastructure of Matuail Landfill as well as the onsite School. The overall attendees were broken up in to groups to develop and discuss methods that would be applied to implement an efficient household waste management system, while examining the effects of community development, composting, biodigestor, and duckweed. In addition Legal findings such as current policies were presented by Neha Kapadia (Legal Intern) to allow better understanding of government procedures that would affect the execution phase of the Pilot Pro-gram.
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