Being eco-friendly means more than just planting trees and watching
waste disposal. A true eco-friendly project should involve the local community
in a sustainable manner.
How can you set up a sustainable, community involved project?
Use the following guidelines:
- Visit your local neighborhood, sit with the local communities and determine
together what is needed in your area.
- Create a list of what is needed and ask the local elder to discuss it with
the community before approving it.
- Decide together who will create the budget and control the finances. Plan
for a self-supporting project within four years.
- Draft a business plan with the community leaders.
- Determine who will contact potential donors for assistance.
- Contact local and business community members to assist in the project's daily
operations. Time, ideas and money are all needed resources!
- Use fliers, word of mouth and free ads in local papers to announce the opening
of the project.
- Create and implement regular system checks on the project to ensure the actual
project matches the business plan.
- Gather regular feedback from the local community and businesses. Is the project
working as planned? How can it be improved? Who will implement the necessary changes?
- Monitor the project during the financial year to ensure it will be self-supporting
Helping others is very rewarding. However, helping others grow and learn, while
standing back and watching the project flourish on its own, is even more rewarding,
sustainable and eco-friendly! Eco-resorts has started many sustainable community
projects in the Watamu area. If you would like more information, please contact