Rural Women Energy Security

We at RUWES (Rural Women Energy Security Initiative) think that giving women the information and abilities to spearhead sustainable practices in their communities can have a profoundly positive impact. Our most recent training session, which took place on June 3 and 4, 2024, was evidence of this conviction. The event, which focused on practical training in important sustainability areas, brought together driven women who were ready to change the world. This is a comprehensive summary of the motivational events that occurred over these two significant days.

Day 1: Monday, June 3rd, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Arrival of Guests The day began with the arrival of our enthusiastic participants. As the women registered, they were greeted with welcome refreshments and had the opportunity to network and share their aspirations for the training.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction of Training Program Mrs. Halima Mohammed Kolo, Executive Secretary of RUWES, delivered an inspiring welcome address, setting the tone for the program. She emphasized the importance of women’s empowerment in driving sustainable development. This was followed by an overview of the training objectives and goals, introductions of the trainers and facilitators, and a brief outline of the training modules. The session concluded with a lively Q&A, where participants expressed their eagerness to dive into the practical sessions.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Participants enjoyed a buffet lunch, providing a much-needed break and an opportunity for informal discussions and networking.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Afternoon Training Sessions The afternoon was dedicated to the first set of training modules:

  • Briquette Production: Participants learned to produce eco-friendly briquettes from agricultural waste. This session highlighted the environmental benefits of using briquettes as an alternative to traditional charcoal and firewood, which can significantly reduce deforestation and carbon emissions.

Day 2: Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Recap and Energizer Activities The second day began with a recap of the previous day’s activities and some energizing activities to prepare participants for another day of learning.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Morning Training Sessions The morning was filled with hands-on training in:

  • Biogas Digester Set-up: Participants gained insights into setting up a biogas digester, learning how to manage organic waste effectively and produce biogas for energy. This module emphasized the dual benefits of waste management and renewable energy production.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch A delicious buffet lunch allowed participants to recharge and share their morning experiences.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Afternoon Training Sessions The afternoon sessions covered the remaining training topics:

  • Production of Methane for Cooking and Lighting: Participants were taught the process of methane production, exploring this clean energy source that can be used for cooking and lighting. This session underscored the potential of methane to replace traditional, more polluting energy sources.
  • Clay Pot Water Dispenser and Water Filtration: The final module focused on creating clay pot water dispensers and effective water filtration systems. Participants mastered the techniques to ensure access to clean drinking water, a crucial aspect of community health and well-being.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Closing Remarks The program concluded with a summary of the two days’ sessions and feedback from participants. Mrs. Halima Mohammed Kolo delivered the closing address, highlighting the importance of the skills acquired and encouraging participants to apply their new knowledge in their communities.