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Green Livelihoods

The second L is Livelihoods.

The focus continues to be the "green occupations" - blended with some basic Entrepreneurship training.

Unfortunately for school-leavers, the economy is still shedding jobs after 25 years of ANC rule.  The population is rising (and getting younger), while the number of jobs is decreasing.

For example, C4L has now trained 300 young women and men how to install Solar water heaters on the roofs of homes.  Switching over from elecrical geysers to Solar water heats could be seen as an act of patriotism, given the condition of Eskom.

This one small step for a house is also a huge step in terms of environmental impact.  Because to keep the water in every electrical geyser hot for one year consumes one ton of coal!

C4L also promotes:

  • Carbon forestry (i.e. growing Spekboom)
  • Nutrition and medicinal gardening (i.e. growing Tree Spinach)
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Recycling
  • Energy auditing

One exciting new business opportunity for Youth installers is also emerging in 2020 - the qbik.  This is an amazing device that can add an additional secuiry blanket to homes in the midst of an epidemic of burglaries.

C4L has been offering blended learning to youth (enterprise + technical) for a decade now.  It now has an alumni of 1200 "green activists" across Mpumalanga province.

Rooftops Unlimited

ROOFTOPS is a video that captures C4L's tandem interests:

1. installing solar water heaters on the roofs of homes

2. installing gutters and a cistern to capture and conserve rainwater

For ten year now, these have been the focus of C4L technical and enterprise training.  Resource flows are unpredictable so the valumes vary from year to year.  But the Vision remains the same.

 

Scoping

Caveat

As stated above, the operative phrase is "resources permitting".

Grant seeking is somewhat unpredictable, so the volumes in any given year depend on grant funding to train more youth.  C4L keeps applying, but doesn not always get the approvals that it seeks.

 

Down Memory Lane

C4L remembers...

1. The Nehemiah Network which met annually for a number of years.  I was composed of catalysts of different kinds - recource people, consultants, trainers, etc.

2. The Regional Catalyst - an online news service that was run by C4L project manager Useni Sibanda.  It was one of our first advocacy projects, funded by Tearfund UK

3. Wilderness Guides, a C4L project that arose from the "Mozambique floods" of the year 2000.  Those two back-to-back storms (Eline and Hilda) also affected South Africa (e.g. Skakuza ended up under water). Botswana (which did not remember ever seeing so much rain!) Zimbabwe and Malawi.  This project trained a dozen or so "catalysts" to serve Mozambique and Malawi, and generated training tools for them to use