COCO is committed to reducing harmful impacts on the environment. To do so, COCO incorporates environmentally friendly and sustainable techniques into our School for Life elements!
In terms of shelter, COCO uses locally-sourced materials – reducing our carbon footprint in needing to transport materials. These locally-sourced materials are sustainable and have minimal impact on the environment -for example, using bricks made from sand. As well as this, rainwater harvesting and solar panels are installed where possible - check these out under 'Power' and ‘Water & Sanitation’ below!
Lighting in rural Tanzania usually comes from the use of kerosene lamps. However, these lamps are expensive to fuel, pose dangers to health and are harmful to the environment. In order to avoid such harms, COCO funds solar lamps and installs solar panels. The panels power lights and computers which allow for the improvement of educational opportunities and productivity.
COCO helped Kindimba Secondary school to build a solar IT classroom - helping to provide valuable IT skills to children in areas without electricity, in a sustainable way!
Clean water and good levels of sanitation are essential for a successful school with healthy pupils, with high levels of attendance. Sanitation is vital for the attendance of girls who may drop out of school at puberty.
To avoid this, building toilet blocks is key. When installing such solutions, COCO looks to sustainable options. For example, composting toilets are installed, as these can separate waste, which is then used as manure for growing crops organically and to generate biogas for cooking; reducing reliance on wood and charcoal.
As well as this, rainwater harvesting is used. This is the accumulation and storage of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. This allows for the collection and storage of rainwater from classrooms and buildings without disrupting the water table and reducing soil erosion during rainy seasons.