The SEGA Girls School uses renewable energy and water sources as much as possible, as well as organic gardening techniques. This commitment:
- Protects the environment
- Teaches our students the importance of taking care of our natural resources
- Contributes to our goal of self-sustainability
Off-grid, the SEGA Girls School campus operates entirely on solar energy.
The benefits of solar energy are that it:
- Provides a clean, renewable energy source
- Protects our computers and other equipment from the erratic current and power surges associated with the national supplied electricity (TANESCO)
- Eliminates dependence on the highly unreliable national supplied electricity – in 2011, it was estimated that the Tanzanian economy lost approximately $64 million due to power outages (http://allafrica.com/stories/201101141248.html)
Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors, who donated thousands of dollars worth of solar panels, batteries and equipment.
Renewable Water Sources
Non-potable water (due to its high mineral content) from our well is pumped (by a solar-powered pump) to storage tanks on the water tower and gravity fed to the campus buildings for washing, bathing and bathroom requirements.
Thanks to our generous donors, in 2012 we installed a rainwater capture system feeding into ten 5,000 liter storage tanks and a 300,000 liter underground storage tank that provides potable water. Since that time and with the growth of the school community and gardens, SEGA is constructing a second underground cistern funded by USAID and supporters.
The SEGA students maintain organic gardening beds, applying environmentally sustainable techniques that protect scarce water resources, and enhance soil fertility and production.
The gardens supply our kitchen with all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, including bananas, corn, tomatoes, cassava and mchicha (a type of spinach).
Over the years SEGA students have been trained in permaculture gardening and are able to mentor fellow students and community members in permaculture techniques. In 2015, USAID visited SEGA to continue the NAFAKA Project. The NAFAKA Project is a USAID program designed to “improve smallholder farmer productivity and profitability with maize and rice… and sustainably reduce poverty and food insecurity by increasing incomes for smallholder farmers.” The aim of this session was to teach students about the best maize seed and how to increase production by taking into consideration factors such as climatic conditions and planting methods. The girls learned about proper plant spacing and how to use small plots of land efficiently.
SEGA is continually expanding its gardening efforts so that it will eventually yield enough produce for the entire campus community.
“The gardening that we are doing at the school is very important in terms of building a spirit of self-reliance among the girls” Blastus Mwizarubi, Chair of the SEGA Board