NAREWAMA
Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance
P. O. Box 60358-00200
Uhuru Phase IV (Jerusalem Shopping Centre)
Nairobi
Kenya
Narewama Faustine Odaba

Your gateway to environment saving projects in East Africa

[Who we are] [Vision] [Mission] [Cooking with solar energy] [Water testing] [Recycling of wastes] [Water education and advocacy] [Development aid assistance] [Free info download] [Tests, evaluations, R&D] [Recycling and upcycling] [CEO Faustine Odaba] [Donations] [Contact]

Who we are Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance - NAREWAMA - is a registered non-profit national humanitarian organization. It operates in the sectors of renewable energy (mainly solar), water, health, environment and agriculture.
Vision To create a healthy, reliable and self-sustaining community.
Mission To promote and encourage the use of renewable energy and environmental conservation.
Cooking with solar energy presentation solar cooker cookit narewamaUnder this program, the organization conducts community training on how to harness and utilize solar energy for cooking and solar water pasteurization, applying the Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI), for the purpose of reducing the use of firewood, charcoal, gas and paraffin (kerosene). Specially designed solar thermal cookers, known as CooKits - easy to carry and maintain - are preferably used for this purpose. To complement this target, heat retention baskets - locally known as fireless cookers - are explained and disseminated. Fireless cookers can complete cooking and keep food warm for several hours. Thus, enormous amounts of wood fuel can be saved and warm food can be served in the evening hours - long time after the night closed in. The three major objectives of this initiative are:
  1. to protect and conserve trees for the benefit of the current and future generations
  2. the reduction of indoor air pollution
  3. the provision of clean water
NAREWAMA covers the entire spectrum of solar food processing: cooking, baking, food drying, pasteurizing, etc.
Water testing WAPIContaminated water is known to be a major source of illness or deaths in developing countries, including Kenya. For this reason, there is urgent need to ensure that every citizen has access to clean and safe drinking water. Although the government is trying to do its best to provide clean and safe water for everyone through the established water service providers, the efforts need to be supplemented since the majority of the residents do not have access to piped water. Under this program segment, NAREWAMA - in collaboration with International Water and Health Alliance (IWHA) - conducts communities training to enable the villagers to identify unsafe drinking water themselves with simplified biological water testing methods with colilert tubes and petrifilm tests that provide incubation results within 24 hours. The simplified water testing procedure takes less than one hour to understand and conduct, regardless of the level of education.
Recycling of wastes Under this program facet, rural and urban residents are trained on how to improve their economic status by recycling disposable materials (plastic and polyethylene/polythene) and other human and animal wastes. The objective of this initiative is not only to improve ecological sanitation, but also to increase food production and create upcycling products from waste.
Water education and advocacy Every household should not only have clean and safe water, but should also have plenty of this commodity. Therefore, water education is paramount and must be introduced to complement any new water program. Introducing new technologies is only a part of the solution. Making the connection between water and health and linking the interdependent relationship between water, sanitation and hygiene is crucial to the improvement of community health and the success of any water program. Behavioral changes must be taught and supported from the individual up to national level.
Development aid assistance Foreign NGOs and companies who want to work in East Africa will be assisted and take advantage of the decades long experience and success of NAREWAMA. Let our personnel do the setup of your organization. Save money and time. Please feel free to use the contact form to explain your target and we will explain to you how to proceed.
Free info download NAREWAMA offers free download of a multitude of information material. In preparation are information on solar food dryers and micro gasifiers.
Tests, evaluations, R&D NAREWAMA has an own test-, research- and development laboratory in Germany, to conduct solar cooker tests. Also, tests of the reflectivity coefficient of your designated reflector material can be made. (Click here to learn more about our reflection coefficient test). Also, other renewable energy devices can be tested and improved in our laboratory. For higher level evaluation demands, NAREWAMA can arrange tests and certifications at leading African university laboratories. With these test results it will be a lot easier for you to penetrate the African market.
Recycling and upcycling Rural women can improve their economic status by recycling disposable materials. The objective of this initiative is not only to improve ecological sanitations, but also to increase food production and generate income. Learn how to turn plastic bags into valuable items. Ask NAREWAMA to inform the women in your community how to improve their situation by appointing a seminar or a presentation.
CEO Faustine Odaba Faustine Odaba Faustine L. Odaba is engaged in solar cooker matters since 1990. She was the key person in the dissemination of solar cookers to refugee camps in Kenya and neighboring countries. Ms. Odaba is founder and CEO of the Kenyan NGO NAREWAMA with the major tasks to disseminate solar cookers, hay baskets and other environment and money saving items to low-income persons and families. She was honored in 2010 as first non-US citizen with the "Order of Excellence" of Solar Cookers International (SCI). Faustine Odaba is co-author of the Water Boiling Test for Solar Cookers (WBTSC).
Foto: Charley Cross
Donations Like every other NGO, NAREWAMA strongly depends on donations. Without your help we will not be able to continue with our humanitarian aid work. To donate, please contact us with the Contact Form and inform us if you would either like to donate for one of the above topics or for a special project according to your own wishes. After receipt of your message we will reply with details how to proceed.

The following pictures were taken at the Asulma Centre School, a slum school at the outskirts of Nairobi. Just by looking at the pictures you will realize immediately that there is lack of everything, but especially light and space. They don't even have a football to play. With your donation you can improve the situation and give those children a little bit hope and comfort.
Asulma Centre School Nairobi Asulma Centre School Nairobi Asulma Centre School Nairobi
(Fotos: Bernhard S. Müller)
Thank you for your attention.


Updated: 30 APR 2015