BCY looks to expand project to rural areas


The Bio-gas project of Bethlehem Chapel Youth funded by Oxfam Solomon Islands under the Statim Faia project.

THE Bethlehem Chapel Youth (BCY) ministry is focusing on expanding its project to rural areas, targeting environmental and sanitation aspirations.

A youth group at Tuvaruhu named Bethlehem Chapel Youth Ministry, which is a community faith-based group, looks at expanding its successfully launched bio-gas project.

BCY Ministry youth leader Dr Joel Iio said BCY Ministry currently is focusing on expanding its project especially by introducing the bio-gas system to rural areas.

He said their initiative will directly address environmental and sanitation issues.

Iio explains the Bio-gas technology contains organic wastes (leftover household food, poultry and piggery manure) which produce methane gas for cooking.

The bio-gas technology has been developed and used way back in ancient Persia, when ancient scholars discovered flammable gas produced from rotting and decomposed vegetables.

To date, the bio-gas technology and the concept of bio-gas has been introduced in various third world countries as well as developing countries.

However, it is not common in the Solomon Islands and the knowledge of producing a bio-gas system is not available locally and the model produced by the BCY ministry will be the first of its kind to be locally produced.

The BCY ministry took the initiative through the Oxfam Statim Faia project to do a youth experiment of producing bio digesters that will produce methane gas for cooking.

“As a result, the experiment proved successful as we are able to produce methane gas for cooking which actually produces flames,” Iio said.

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