Development Work Foundation Theo Kiewiet Biogas in Nepal 2006


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Nepal is the poorest country in Asia.

Eighty percent of the population works in agriculture and has to manage with 35 eurocents per day. The population has grown from 8 million in 1951 up to 26 million in 2006. To prevent too fast growth of the population, Nepal needs good education about reproductive healthcare. Through the strong growth of the population, the agricultural use of the land had intensified a lot for food and energy. Before Nepal exported rice to India, now it is the other way around, to be able to feed the people.

To be able to cook the food, the local people depend on firewood from forest and jungle. Deforestation and erosion, landslides at populated mountain slopes are the results. To avoid this development the building bio-gas plants is promoted. The richer villagers can afford a bio-gas plant, to prepare their daily meal on it.

This has a lot of advantages, as;
There is no need of cutting firewood, the jungle can be saved and erosion reduces substantially.
It saves nature and air pollution reduces, less CO2.
The hygienic situation improves, because a permanent toilet is part of the bio-gas plant.
There is no smoke anymore in the kitchen, so it is very much a better situation for the women who prepare the food.
Pots and pans have a longer life.
Keeping of livestock for manure and milk gives extra protein and a source of income.
The manure from the bio-gas plant is good compost for the garden.
The bio-gas plant saves time, money and energy, and it creates awareness for environmental protection.

But the poorest farmer families cannot afford a bio-gas plant. With 120 euro assistance a family in Nepal can build a bio-gas plant. They themselves care for the simple labour, the material is being equipped by us and the special labour is prevented by the government .

Every year we try to implement at least 10 bio-gas plants on the mountains between Begnas lake and Rupa lake.

 

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