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People | Planet | Prosperity

Who We are
Gilgil Climate Action Network (CAN) is a community -based organization in Gilgil that focuses on creating enterprise solutions to environmental in social issues as part of the Kenya CAT Network
Objectives
• To economically empower the local community
• To address environmental isssues around Gilgil and undertake community development activities.
• To engage policy makers andlocal government authorities on issues of concern to local communities
Curbing Youth Unemployment
In an effort to curb the rising levels of youth unemployment, Gilgil CAN has formed a three- pronged approach to address the issue while at the same time protecting the immediate environment we live in. The three approaches are: Community Sensitization through outreach programs e.g. eco-tainment job creation through locally available resources e.g. briquette making teamwork, to build group capacity to support community outreach.
Current Projects
Briquette Project
The briquette project is one of our major projects and income earner, undertaken in partnership with Sanata Charitable Trust where production happens. Currently, we have a distribution level of 100 tonnes of briquettes a month and plan to double this every six months. We also train local youth and women groups on briquette making to increase uptake of briquettes as alternative sources of energy to charcoal that is environmentally destructive.
Janitorial Services
CAN cleaning services is a janitorial business located in Gilgil Town. Established in 2013, the business offers cleaning, housekeeping, restroom sanitation, trash removal, vacuuming, dusting, day porters, floor care (all types except hardwood), strip and wax, buffing, washing, carpet shampooing, garage and parking lots, lawn mowing, window washing among other cleaning duties for all types of clients. The business was founded by youthful professionals with collective experience, who have pooled their resources to develop a new strategy for service delivery. At CAN cleaning services we use environment friendly products and equipment to ensure quality services.

    

Kite Festival
The Kite Festival Project is an annual event aimed at using Kite flying competitions and entertainment to mobilize communities to tackle issues of waste management.
GreenFest
The GreenFest event is an annual musical concert and showcasing event that aims to raise awareness and raise funds for the conservation of Lake Elementaita and its neighbouring Lakes in Naivasha and Nakuru.
CAPSAY and the Climate Change Action Teams Project
The LCAP project aims to lead positive youth action in Kenya, and by example to inspire a wider range of stakeholders to do the same. LCAP strive to help turn the negative image of youth, fueled by poverty and desperate need, into a positive picture of young people committed to sustainable development. LCAP members are at the cutting edge of helping to build community resilience, while at the same time providing effective stewardship for the environment.
The LCAP project began in August 2011 and now is growing to include youth groups in sixteen different community settings across Kenya. Each group is fully registered and has a bank account. Groups also boast an office base with furniture, IT equipment and land space to run horticultural projects and display their work. Their projects reflect the different needs of their community but are all green (i.e. friendly to the environment) and all set out to demonstrate ways of creating practical actions that lead to community benefits.