Last updated: April 4, 2015
The NAREWAMA (Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance) is a non-governmental organization working primarily in Kenya to raise solar cooking awareness, and generally teaching local community members how everyday discarded items can be recycled into useful, colorful products. The founder and director of the organization is Faustine Odaba.
Faustine began in the early 1990s as an active member and a leader of the Amagoro Housewives Group in the Busia District of western Kenya. The group obtained a solar box cooker from US Peace Corps volunteer Barbara Ross, and soon learned to be expert solar cooks. Soon they made contact with Solar Cookers International and learned to make simple solar panel cookers from cardboard and tinfoil.
In 1994, Faustine and other members of the Amagoro Housewives attended the first Kenya-wide solar cooking conference. As the only seasoned Kenyan solar cooks in attendance, they were stars of the show, overwhelming the doubts of skeptics with their first-hand experience of solar cooking success.
The group evolved into NAREWAMA, and they continue to provide solar cooking training to communities throughout Kenya. In 2013, Ms. Odaba and traveled to Liberia at the request of Marylanders for Progress (Liberia) to introduce solar cooking to communities eager to learn about this technology.
Recent news and developments
- March 2015: Cook fireless with enthalpy, not fuel - NAREWAMA
- February 2015: Mama Solar continues her work - Faustine Odaba, founder of NAREWAMA, gives a presentation on cooking with the CooKit in Kyamulibwa, Uganda on February 11, 2015.
- October 4, 2014: Natural Resource and Waste management Alliance was invited to the launch of Kenya Interfaith Network on Environmental Action (KINEA); a network of faith groups that are propelled by their faith values to care for environment. The event was held at Tangaza college in Nairobi and was attended by various universities, colleges, NGOs, and religion groups. The guest of honour was Rt. Rev.Bishop Alfred Kipkoech Arap Rotich, the military ordinariate of the Catholic church in Kenya. The event was attended by over a hundred participants. KINEA engages in programs related to climate change and livelihood enhancement which include: ,promotion of tree growing faith owned/ managed institutions and land, faith based education for sustainable development(ESD), and faith based sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation programs.
- September 25, 2014: A training of 30 Alliance women was held at coffee plaza office in Nairobi. The women were trained on solar cooking, plastic wastes recycling, and water testing. They learned about the need to be self reliant and environment conservation.
- September 2014: Faustine Odaba recently demonstrated solar cooking to interested Makerere University students and to employees of Awamu Biomass Energy Ltd. in Kampala, Uganda.
- September 2014: Launch of the new website: NAREWAMA, located in Nairobi, Kenya and under the direction of Faustine Odaba, has brought their organization and activities online. Visit at: Natural Resources and Waste Management Alliance - NAREWAMA
- October 2013: Faustine Odaba and Nicholas Okeya present a solar cooking and haybasket during a festivity of the Catholic Church in Nairobi.
- September 2013: Faustine Odaba presents solar cooking and haybasket use to a poor Nairobi village in Kenya.
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- Web: http://www.mueller-solartechnik.com/narewama/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/MamaSolarAfrica
Faustine Odaba, Director
P. O. Box 60358-00200
Uhuru Phase IV (Jerusalem Shopping Centre)