About Us

About Us

Eden’s stewards is a Faith Based Organization registered as CBO (Reg. No, KJD/N/CBO/2018/115403) in May 2018. Its vision is a healthy environment with a transformed and resilient society. Its mission on the other hand is to empower, transform and help communities adapt to climate change while working towards sustainable livelihoods as they build on peace and social justice, gender equality and ethical practice. It is a ministry of Nairobi Chapel Ongata Rongai with open membership. Its area of influence is Kajiado County.

The UN Environment, under the Faith for Earth Initiative, whose main purpose is to promote active engagement of Faith Based Organizations in realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has played a lead role in formation of Eden’s Stewards. It directly contributes towards the realization of the following SDGs; 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13.

 The Objectives of Eden’s Stewards are to:

1.   Adopt wealth in waste concept for pollution control, improved public health and livelihood diversification.

2.   Promote youth empowerment through job creation and talent development.

3.   Tackle climate change through adoption of adaptation and mitigation strategies.

4.   Influence positive change through advocacy for a clean and healthy environment.

5.   Promote wetlands ecosystem health for enhanced biodiversity conservation.

6.   Promote poverty alleviation by empowering communities through capacity building and enterprise development.

To empower, transform and help communities adapt to climate change while working towards sustainable livelihoods as they build on peace and social justice, gender equality and ethical practice

A healthy environment with a transformed and resilient society

THEMATIC AREAS

CONSERVATION EDUCATION

Objectives

  • Enhance access to environment related information aimed at promoting environment friendly behavior
  • Provide an opportunity for pupils and the local community to experience nature and gain skills In nature conservation

Activities are;

  • Establish environmental clubs in local schools
  • Organize exposure visits for pupils and local community members to learn  from emerging best practices
  • Establish a resource center to enhance access to environment related information
  • Organize and show environmental films to sensitize, and inspire adoption of environment friendly behavior
  • Mentoring young conservation champions.           

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WETLANDS CONSERVATION

Objectives

  • Tackle climate change through adoption of adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Promote wetlands ecosystem health for enhanced biodiversity conservation.

Activities

  • Set up tree nurseries and support tree growing activities
  • Community outreach on wildlife conservation
  • Undertake water quality monitoring through research
  • Advocate for sound practices for sustainable wetlands conservation

WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR WEALTH CREATION AND POLLUTION CONTROL

Objectives

  • Adopt wealth in waste concept for pollution control, improved public health and livelihood diversification.
  • Influence positive change through advocacy for a clean and healthy environment.

 Activities

  • Plastics recycling into construction materials
  • Making jewelry from bones (from slaughter houses)
  • Monthly cleanup.
  • Setting up Informal settlement waste management clusters Nyumba Kumi Initiative.
  • Processing organic fertilizer from organic waste.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION, ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND YOUT H EMPOWERMENT

    Objectives

  • Promote poverty alleviation by empowering communities through capacity building and enterprise development.
  • Promote youth empowerment through job creation and talent development.

   Activities

  • Partner with plastic recycling companies to collect and sell single use plastics.
  • Establish commercial tree nurseries.
  • Organizing talent shows and mentorship programs as an empowerment  strategy.

NAIROBI CHAPEL  NETWORK , AND THE OPPORTUNITY IT PRESENTS FOR PARTNERING TO CARE FOR MOTHER EARTH.

1.1 INTRODUCTION

Eden’s Stewards Ministry, the environment wing of Nairobi Chapel OngataRongai is an environmental Faith Based Organization. Registered as a CBO in May 2018 (Reg. No, KJD/N/CBO/2018/115403), its vision is a “healthy environment with a transformed and resilient society”. Its mission on the other hand is to empower, transform and help communities adapt to climate change while working towards sustainable livelihoods as they build on peace and social justice, gender equality and ethical practice. It has open membership with Kajiado County as the area of operation. Although its membership cuts across the age brackets, it has a bias towards youth. The UN Environment, under the Faith for Earth Initiative, whose main purpose is to promote active engagement of Faith Based Organizations in realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has played a lead role in formation of Eden’s Stewards. It directly contributes towards the realization of the following SDGs; 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13.

Its objectives are to;

  • Adopt wealth in waste concept for pollution control, improved public health and livelihood diversification.
  • Promote youth empowerment through job creation and talent development.
  • Tackle climate change through adoption of adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Influence positive change through advocacy for a clean and healthy environment.
  • Promote wetlands ecosystem health for enhanced biodiversity conservation.
  • Promote poverty alleviation by empowering communities through capacity building and enterprise development.

1.2 THEMATIC AREAS

1.2.1 CONSERVATION EDUCATION

1.2.1.1 Objectives

  • Enhance access to environment related information aimed at promoting environment friendly behavior
  • Provide an opportunity for pupils and the local community to experience nature and gain skills In nature conservation

1.2.1.2 Activities are;

  • Establish environmental clubs in local schools
  • Organize exposure visits for pupils and local community members to learn  from emerging best practices
  • Establish a resource center to enhance access to environment related information
  • Organize and show environmental films to sensitize, and inspire adoption of environment friendly behaviour
  • Mentoring young conservation champions.

2.0 CLIMATE CHANGE AND WETLANDS CONSERVATION

2.1 Objectives

  • Tackle climate change through adoption of adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Promote wetlands ecosystem health for enhanced biodiversity conservation.

2.1.1 Activities

  • Set up tree nurseries and support tree growing activities
  • Community outreach on wildlife conservation
  • Undertake water quality monitoring through research
  • Advocate for sound practices for sustainable wetlands conservation

3.0 WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR WEALTH CREATION AND POLLUTION CONTROL

3.1 Objectives

  • Adopt wealth in waste concept for pollution control, improved public health and livelihood diversification.
  • Influence positive change through advocacy for a clean and healthy environment.

3.1.1 Activities

  • Plastics collection and recycling into construction materials
  • Composting
  • Awareness creation on sound waste management practices
  • Making jewelry from bones (from slaughter houses)
  • Monthly cleanup.
  • Setting up Informal settlement waste management clusters Nyumba Kumi Initiative.
  • Processing organic fertilizer from organic waste.

4.0 POVERTY ALLEVIATION, ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND YOUT H EMPOWERMENT

4.1 Objectives

  • Promote poverty alleviation by empowering communities through capacity building and enterprise development.
  • Promote youth empowerment through job creation and talent development.

  4.1.1 Activities

  • Partner with plastic recycling companies to collect and sell single use plastics.
  • Establish commercial tree nurseries.
  • Organizing talent shows and mentorship programs as an empowerment strategy.

5.0 WHY EDEN’S STEWARDS

Matters of faith and the environment are inextricably linked. Religion plays a significant role in the understanding and shaping of attitudes, opinions and behaviors including for management and use of the environment and natural resources. Terms like “Mother Earth” portray the central role the environment and natural resources   play to man’s survival. In most religions caring for the environment is man’s central responsibility, which underpins stewardship.  As a steward of God’s creation, man is called upon to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. A central part of Gods mission, for the Christian faith, is restoring all creation back to its original state, with disharmony between man and the environment, as manifested through environmental ills such as pollution and deforestation, being associated with human rebellion and sin.

Droughts associated with climate change have fueled degradation of wetlands compromising water security and wrecking natural heritage through biodiversity loss. Environmental pollution associated with poor waste management threatens public health, and aquatic life besides rendering majority of fresh water sources unsafe for human consumption. Deforestation has stripped the land bare, accelerating desertification, flash floods and contributed to climate change. Escalated levels of environmental degradation and the growing realization of dire implications this has on human well-being has ignited an awakening within faith based organizations to adopt an active engagement in environmental conservation. In response to this concepts such as “green church” have emerged and are being adopted, as well as establishment of faith-based environmental organizations.

Eden stewards is now a critical and trusted partner effectively mobilizing multi-stakeholder teams including government and private sector towards  realizing a healthy environment with a transformed and resilient society within Kajiado County. Towards advancing the wealth in waste concept, the organization  has acquired machines for recycling single use plastics into building materials. It undertakes tree planting, and  under the theme “My Environment, My responsibility”, jointly with Kenya Wildlife Service, Kajiado County, OngataRongai business community, local universities and other partners Eden’s Stewards organizes monthly cleanups in OngataRongai. The main aim is to enhance public health and biodiversity conservation by cutting off pollution from entering Nairobi National Park and adjacent wetlands. While the business community donate refreshments and tools  such as gloves, dust masks,  bin bags and rakes in support of clean ups, KWS offers free park entry to  participants after clean ups to enjoy nature. This arrangement has made monthly clean ups fun filled events worth looking forward to by families.

We have the conviction that FBOs are well placed to explore the root causes of environmental problems, and to express the values that speak to the heart hence the need to take a lead role in  spurring sustained engagement in environmental conservation. Further,

there is need for integration and adoption of religious and cultural values in the planning and management of the environment and natural resources to ensure inclusive green and transformative development informed by faith-based values and behaviors to achieve sustainable consumption and production.

6.0 BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS

  • Opportunity to serve God and Humanity.
  • Access to mentorship opportunities.
  • 20% discount on Eden’s Stewards branded promotional products and capacity building sessions
  • Free entry to KWS recreation facilities on participation in clean ups jointly held with KWS
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to internship linkages with Eden’s stewards partner organizations
  • Interact and learn from multidisciplinary pool of Eden’s professionals and get discounted rates on in house trainings.
  • Links to Job opportunities.

7.0 Plastic Waste Collection Network through Nairobi Chapel

7.1 Introduction

Collection of plastic waste as a raw material can be both time consuming and challenging logistically hence necessitating a lot of consideration before proceeding with the exercise.

It is for this reason that Eden’s Stewards intends to use its affiliation to the Nairobi chapel fraternity, other religious organizations, CBOs, NGOs and the surrounding communities (through Nyumba Kumi initiative) to streamline this exercise.

Besides the above entities, this strategy seeks to also bring together in a working partnership key plastic waste management stakeholders namely the County Governments, Ministry of Environment, ministry of Trade, the private sector (led by Kenya Association of Manufacturers), plastic Manufacturers, youth groups, women groups, informal waste collectors/ recyclers, consumers, donors and the media in order to create awareness, improve stakeholder participation, environment education,  capacity building and for technological support.

This document will outline the Nairobi chapel distribution in the country and the estimated reach with potential to build a strong plastic waste collection network.

Once the leadership of the various churches have been engaged; the next step will be to conduct training of trainers followed by setting up of plastic collection demonstrations with a pilot phase in a few stations.

 

 

 

 

7.2 About Nairobi Chapel

Founded in 1952; Nairobi chapel has a footprint of daughter churches and granddaughter churches in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Liberia, U.A.E, U.K, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and U.S.A.

This is in line with the church’s mission to “GROW DEEP TO REACH WIDE”.

See Figure 7.1 below

Figure 7.1 Worldwide Distribution of Nairobi Chapel Churches

 

 

7.3 Distribution of Nairobi Chapel Churches in Kenya

 

There is a network of more than forty church branches spread throughout Kenya in 12 counties with the highest concentration in Nairobi and its environs. There are also many undocumented peri-urban churches whose coordinator will work closely with Edens Stewards for maximum effectiveness since the informal settlements will comprise the most effective collection centers.

 

Table 7.1/7.2 and figure 7.2 below shows the distribution of Nairobi Chapel churches

DAUGHTER CHURCHES – NAIROBI CHAPEL
No. Name Lead Pst.
1 Nairobi Chapel – Imara Mike Muthengi
2 Nairobi Chapel – Kiambu Rd. Dominic Muthuri
3 Nairobi Chapel – Lavington Judy Gichuru
4 Nairobi Chapel – Ongata Rongai Zack Lukuba
5 Nairobi Chapel – NorthWay Xavier Anami
6 Nairobi Chapel – Parklands Benson Ngetha
7 Nairobi Chapel – South C Gowi Odera
8 Nairobi Chapel – Utawala Boniface Nagi
9 Nairobi Chapel – Waiyaki Way Luke Jaoko
10 Nairobi Chapel – Botswana Lawrence Kariuki
11 Trinity Chapel – Ruiru Steve Thuo
12 Trinity Chapel – Kampala Isaac Macharia
13 Trinity Chapel – Kigali Paul Nzimbi
14 Trinity Chapel – Kisumu Victor Ochieng
15 Trinity Chapel – Kitui Dennis Makau
16 Trinity Chapel – Lusaka Silas Oulu
17 Trinity Chapel – Meru Peter Kamau
18 Trinity Chapel – Mombasa Tobbias Ngala
19 Trinity Chapel – Nakuru Robert Mbugua
20 Trinity Chapel – Machakos Ezekiel Mutisya
21 Trinity Chapel – Lilongwe Macduff Kutha
22 Nairobi Chapel -Langata Joseph Mwangi
23 Nairobi Chapel -CBD Jackson Maina
24 Trinity Chapel – Kilifi Patrick Wambugu
25 Trinity Chapel – Tudor Christoper Thuo
26 Nairobi Chapel -Dagorreti Fredrick Mwangi
27 Nairobi Chapel -Huruma Francis Musyoka
28 Trinity Chapel – Narok Reuben Macharia
29 Trinity Chapel – Thika Gitau Muchugia
30 Trinity Chapel – Wote Herman Odoyo
31 Nairobi Chapel -Karen Mark Maingi
32 Trinity Chapel – Bura Gabriel Kimani
33 Trinity Chapel – Kitengela Lenashe Meidemusirikon
34 Trinity Chapel – Muranga Peter Mugetha
35 Trinity Chapel – Busia Shadrack Ajwang
36 Trinity Chapel – Syokimau Shadrack Tumpes
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MAVUNO (Granddaughter Churches)
37 Mavuno Church –  Life way
38 Mavuno Church – Crossroads
39 Mavuno Church – Downtown
40 Mavuno Church – Mashariki

7.2


It is our hope that partnering with you would enhance the realization of our mutual objective of taking good care of Mother Earth while creating livelihood opportunities for thousands of un employed youth.

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