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a team of ERMIS Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on WASH Assignment


A team from ERMIS Africa Nairobi, Kenya join their colleagues in Kigali,RWANDA in real WASH mobile mapping.
This pose was after a completion of data collection in district of Nyamagabe and Nyaruguru in Rwanda.This assignment targeted the named districts with the aim of evaluating a project which was aimed to improve the living conditions of the population through revitalization of the rural area through provision of social infrastructure of water supply together with sanitation, which make it possible to reduce water borne and hygiene related diseases.

The two project area are the poorest districts in southern province of Rwanda.
The data collection utilized some emerging smart data collection technologies in ECOSAN toilet,Protected spring,piped schme system and water sanitation and hygiene in the household level.

Muileshi CFA nature based enterprise project on Eco-camp

Tourism exports account for up to 30% of the world’s exports of commercial services and 6% of overall exports of goods and services. For many developing countries it is one of the main income sources and the number one export category, creating much needed employment and opportunities for development according to United Nations World Tourism Organization. The concept of Eco-tourism and sustainable tourism development has gained global recognition and acceptance. Although the origins of the concept of Eco-tourism are not certain, its principles have been identified as; Minimizing environmental impacts; Respecting the host cultures; Maximizing benefits to local people and Maximizing tourist satisfaction.

ERMIS Africa was contracted to carryout an environmental impact assessment for the establishment of a proposed eco-camping site at Iloro in the southern parts of Kakamega Forest. The proposed project is funded by USAID through ACT!''s Kenya Civil Societies Strengthening Programme and hosted by Muileshi CFA in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and National Museums of Kenya (NMK). The unique biodiversity of Kakamega forest is an important asset with multiple tourist attraction sites including panoramic landscapes, caves and flora and fauna. Potential exists in establishing nature trails/walks ,jeep tour, Climbing & trekking, Safari camps & guesthouses, animal transportation (Horses & Camels), geological sites, local cultures & traditions (Kalenjin and Kikuyu), handicrafts, artifacts, skin wears and birding.

Other activities that will be incorporated include conservation activities through a volunteer programme, cottage industry for guava juice extraction and waste recycling. The goal of the project is to restore the biodiversity and ecological functions of Kakamega Forest Ecosystem through community-led reforestation efforts by providing the local community with incentives for conservation and building the local community’s capacity in conservation .

Child Rights Violation Monitoring system

Due to increased cases of child rights violation in Kenya and following a pilot project on Safeguarding Child Rights in DRR, ERMIS Africa has launched a web tool aimed at reporting, analyzing and creating awareness on child rights violation. ERMIS launched the web-based Child Rights Violation Monitoring System Programme in 2012 hosted here to monitor the reporting and nature of child right violations across the country.

The monitoring system is a pilot project on child rights violation that will enable the appropriate agencies to take action in order to curb these cases. The system involves a review of local media (daily newspapers) for reports of child rights violation which are posted into the online system. It also allows for any person visiting the site to make any child rights violation cases on the system which upon verification by the ERMIS Child rights monitoring officer are then integrated into the system. The system automatically posts the reports onto a map which shows the distribution and nature of the reported cases. The system also allows for the download analysis of the data generated including the age and gender of the children and the perpetrators.

The categories of Child Rights Violation monitored by the system include Murder,Rape,Child labour, Early marriages,Kidnap,Female Genital Mutilation and forced marriages among others.

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A real linear view of the chart report given below on various categories of child rights violation as extracted and reflected by the Child rights Violation Monitoring system.

Community REDD+ Pilot Activities in Consultation, Participation, Monitoring, Reporting & Verification in Sururu Forest

A community in Sururu forest, part of the Mau complex has here been a beneficiary through an ongoing pilot project on REDD+ activities. This is a project with financial assistance from Embassy of Finland where ERMIS Africa having participated in the National REDD+ RPPP process.
ERMIS aims at using this platform to inform the National REDD+ steering committee on the way forward after successfully commissioning and subjecting to testing, MASURICOFA members in Sururu as a REDD+ site. This is as a result of baseline survey that was carried out to establish where Sururu forest qualifies as a REDD+ site.

This project consists of three components:-
(i) Piloting REDD+ Consultation and Participation with linkages to Community governance in 10 villages within Sururu forests
(ii) Facilitation of MASULICOFA members in mechanism for enhancing carbon stocks (planting of trees and limiting their uses)
(iii) Facilitating MASULICOFA members in monitoring Carbon Stock Changes (Usage of trees)

The outputs from the above components will be used in scaling up and replicating similar projects in other areas with similar social-economical and ecological characteristics. The implementation of the named components will entail consultation and participation in the National REDD+ activities and filed-based activities. The establishment of the filed pilot sites will enable an experiential design, testing and learning process for the three knowledge areas.
As a first step, ERMIS organized field reconnaissance surveys for 289 households with 50% of them selected as pilot sites in the 1st phase of the project. The selection criterion was random and was not pegged to any condition whatsoever.
ERMIS Africa agreed to assist MASULICOFA members who are the beneficiary of this project to undertake the activities related to the above component. Both parties hereby agree to abide to the following terms and conditions:-

1. ERMIS agrees to provide the beneficiaries with “Energy Saving Jikos” specifically designed to fit the rural set up to minimize wood fuel consumption. This will go alongside training on use and installation of the Jikos
2. ERMIS shall provide 20 tree seedlings to the beneficiary that shall supplement as woodlots for fuel to promote farm forestry. The beneficiary agrees to plant more trees to supplement the seedlings given.
3. The beneficiary agrees to provide monitoring reports on the daily usage of the “energy saving jikos”. These Jikos are aimed at reducing the number of trees felled.
4. The beneficiary agrees to provide any other additional reports required by ERMIS

Climate action for schools and youths

ERMIS Africa through the Kenya Climate Challenge Programme (KCCP) for schools recognizes the importance of children’s participation in Disaster Risk Reduction. Children have been identified as active agents in articulating their ideas and thoughts concerning Disaster Risk Reduction. The programme focuses on enabling children to gain knowledge on climate change and engage in activities towards disaster risk reduction. According to the recent statistics from the population census 2009, more than 50% of the total population is comprised of children (Population census 2009).

In times of disaster, children are the most affected in and are more likely to suffer the brunt of the disasters than adults.
Globally, it is indicated that "Disasters" threaten the lives, the rights and the needs of millions of children around the world. In the coming years, children’s vulnerability to disasters is expected to increase as the frequency and intensity of natural hazards rises. ERMIS Africa with financial support from Save the Children works closely with the Ministry of Education in reaching out to schools and the community around the schools in enabling the children’s participation in endeavors to mitigate the impact of the disasters within their Localities.
From the various interviews conducted with children within the schools together with their teachers and parents, it is evident that children are able to grasp the concepts and issues of disasters in relation to climate change and can be active agents of change within their communities. Climate change has resulted to variation in rainfall patterns leading to prolonged dry spells and high intensity rainfall that result in floods. This results may result to famine and disaster risks such as drowning, starvation, family and community conflicts which lead to children dropping out of school and other violations of the rights of the child.

The children whose views have been included in this Atlas are involved in KCCP for schools implemented by ERMIS Africa.

81 schools and youth co-operatives in Kenya are being equipped and trained to manufacture fuel briquettes from waste material such as sawdust, cardboard, nuts, etc. These briquettes reduce deforestation by providing a sustainable and cheaper alternative to tree-based charcoal... read more about this project
In 2010 InterClimate Network (ICN), in partnership with ERMIS Africa, launched a 4 year innovative project, Climate Action Teams, which aims to tackle two of the world’s most pressing challenges: youth unemployment and helping communities to limit and adapt to climate change....
The International Climate Challenge (ICC) was the first programme devised and developed by InterClimate Network (ICN). It has been a 3 year programme (2008 -2011) implemented in the UK, India and Kenya.