School Income Generation
The community schools that LTT work with are funded by contributions from the community and the local authorities, but neither provide enough money to meet the needs of the school.
If LTT are to work with the schools they must be able to maintain the buildings we build and the tables and chairs we provide.
In agreement with each school's Development Committee, it has been agreed that each school should establish income generating opportunities so that the teachers and students can make a contribution to the long term well-being of the school.
School Market Gardens
If a project has only one outcome LTT believe that it has not been well thought out. The school demonstration market gardens not only work as a training centre for the students and community members and provides some nourishment for the school meal project but also acts as an income generating garden. A proportion of the crops must be sold to cover the running costs and a proportion is put towards meals but another proportion is sold locally and the funds used to diversify the schools income streams.
By developing tree nurseries at the school, the students can participate in growing and seedlings and learn about trees, soil and the environment, then later sell the seedlings to the community and plough the profits back into both the business and the school.
The schools can grow firewood, timber as well as fruit trees such as mango, avocado, papaya and passion vines.
Bio-gas is a by product of anaerobic digestion process from any kind of decomposable organic material. It is a combustible gas that can be used for cooking, lighting, and many other domestic appliances.
By building an integrated installation of composting toilets and septic tanks treating human and animal waste, one is able to generate clean cooking and lighting gas as well as a clean liquid fertilizer enriched with nitrogen nutrients that can be composted and then applied to farm land leading to improved agricultural production and environmental conditions.
This project is in the development stage. The human waste from 400 students and the waste from 2 cows will provide the organic material needed. The resutant gas can be used by the school to reduce the number of trees they burn and excess can be sold to the community by means of cooking time.
To make the project work the school needs 2 dairy cows to provide the manure. These two cows could be housed both at the school and the teachers house. The milk can be sold to cover any costs and provide an income for the school.
The resultant bio-slurry will be used to improve the quality of the soil and improve market garden output and provide further revenue for the school.
This is a project under development but the concept is straight forward. LTT plan to build a biogas plant at the Managhat Primary school. This will use both cattle and human waste to generate methane that will be piped to the kitchen and used for cooking. Any spare capacity can be sold to the local community at a price cheaper than firewood.