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A brand-new biogas installation for Flomina Children’s Home!

Another huge step towards self-sustainability

Flomina is an exceptional children’s home in Nairobi. Raptim supports this home because we believe in their vision to become self-sustainable. That’s why we helped the home with a brand-new biogas installation and the necessary cows. A solution that is safe as it is sustainable.

Raptim helps Flomina Children’s Home with a new biogas installation

Flomina currently fosters 71 abandoned and orphaned children. The home provides protection and helps to build a better life for these young souls. Every child equally deserves the chance to develop and work on the future.

Those 71 mouths need to be fed, and until now, food was made on open fire. Not only Flomina had to spend money on firewood and sacrifice trees, but it also created a health hazard of smoke in the poorly ventilated kitchen. So, we decided to provide Flomina Children’s Home with a biogas installation.

For the past six months, we have been working hard to make it happen, and now it’s finally ready! With the biogas installation, Flomina has been able to move to another kitchen area, which is better equipped and has more space to cook on biogas stoves for all the children. The use of biogas releases minimal amounts of smoke and soot which is a good thing as respiratory problems arising from inhaling smoke are reduced.

Cattle dung is the main material for a biogas plant. In a digester, the dung with some added water starts to ferment, and that produces the eco-friendly biogas. The residue can be used for crop production. This process helps to keep the environment clean since there is no open dung or waste materials that could attract flies or insects that cause or transmit infections.

“Four to six cows are needed to provide the right amount of biogas for Flomina, but they only had three cows," says Gabrielle Dullaart, Global Communications Manager. Additional funding was needed for the extra cows. “Three of my Belgian friends wanted to help. They had planned to walk part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and decided to raise money in their efforts. They walked for seven days and had over seventy people sponsor their walk. Over 2500 euro was raised; enough to buy a pair of good dairy cows.”

A while later, Raptim traveled to Nairobi, and we bought two healthy dairy cows from a farm and moved them to the newly constructed stables at the children's home! Since then, both cows have given birth to a calf. "Another advantage is that one dairy cow gives about ten liters of milk a day. Some of that is used to feed the youngest children. And what's left can be sold on the market. With the profits, they buy other food like maize flour to prepare Ugali, the basis of their diet.”

We feel so privileged to have been able to support Flomina with the biogas installation and cows, in our joined effort to make the children’s home self-sufficient. We believe that compassion works when it can travel where it’s needed most. Now, Flomina can cook using biogas, feed the babies and generate some additional income to buy food!

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