What TOP is, principles & values, partnerships and more
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What is TOP ?
TOP is designed and developed as a growing Upcycle platform with a lively network of people, NGOs and businesses helping each other in sustainable development.
Sustainable development means Self development, Social development, Spiritual development and Simple.
TOP aims to share the proper conditions and tools to create a community for people, businesses and organizations, where they participate in an ecosystem of share knowledge, tools, resources, energy and inspiration, and cooperate to build and grow well beyond their individual capacities.
TOP principles and values:
TOP solutions improve the well-being of humans and mother nature
TOP inspires digital natives with open technology so that they can tackle existential community challenges such as food security and unemployment, making the shift from Permaculture to PermaTech
TOP leverages the wisdom of proven solutions and experiences
TOP is a platform for sharing replicable, sustainable solutions to real life challenges
TOP connects and encourages people and organizations to meet their own challenges in a sustainable way
TOP provides ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and Open Technology with an exponential social impact
TOP develops ecosystems (first one: from #farm to #cup of coffee) along the whole chain from the producer to the consumer, locally and internationally. Those ecosystems connecting NGOs and businesses are based on those TOP values while connecting human wisdom with technology and artificial intelligence.
Eyal Bloch and Philippe Scheimann (see bio on IWA.org) initiated TOP Global in 2014 and TOP Kenya started two years after in cooperation with 6 NGOs and companies (Elimu TV, KWEN, RODI, SCOPE, Shofar, Yard) that have gone through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) training. In 2017 and in 2018, TOP led a “Connectedness and Leadership" course for social entrepreneurs affiliated to TOP Kenya combining ESD, open source technology and permaculture. In addition, TOP is also focusing on training how to document and share the processes and the solutions, so that they can be learned adjusted & implemented to other parts of Africa and the world. TOP Global is affiliated with IWA@Resolv Washington based NGO as well as with ENSA NGO based in France. TOP Kenya Ltd is a company with social responsibility owned by the 6 organizations (Elimu TV, KWEN, RODI, SCOPE, Shofar, Yard)
Here is a very short sample of the activities of TOP Kenya Founding Organizations:
RODI (Resource Oriented Development Initiative): works with schools and prisons. Prisoners grow their own food, and become permaculture specialists
YARD: works with young girls at risk / prostitutes and teaches them to work in cosmetic salons/hairdressers.
SHOPHAR: a former headmaster, whose school and water purification system was visited by the President of Kenya and presented ESD at the UN in 2016.
ELIMU TV: broadcasts educational content to children who can't afford to go to school
SCOPE: a network of 18 NGOs introducing permaculture in schools
KWEN: a network of 4000 women entrepreneurs using table banking and micro financing.
TOP has also made partnership agreements with other companies providing needed solutions:
- GOIP Group, an IT company located in Kenya providing call centers for teachers. GOIP collaborates with TOP Kenya for setting up a call center, eplatform and an incubator developing PermaTech (Permaculture + HiTech) solutions for African farmers.
- Prof. Sylviane Toporkoff, partner at items.fr, President of the Global Forum think tank conference is partner to TOP global.
- Dr Walid El Kabed, CEO and co-founder of Global Data Excellence Ltd, TOP is the sole distributor of DEMS in Kenya.
- Strauss Energy is a Kenyan company developing special solar panels and a way to produce water from humid air.
- Thoughtgraph is a British company developing Debategraph.org, a web platform for visualizing and sharing information networks of thoughts.
What has TOP done so far? TOP members are working on the following:
- Collaboration with GoIP group for set up of a call center and incubator developing PermaTech
(Permaculture + HiTech) solutions for African farmers. It can improve the yields and the
income of many farmers, while reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides and increasing
the consumption of healthier food.
- Built his own CNC machine (Arduino and Raspberry PI) and already received some orders.
This can help to use local resources, increase productivity and create jobs.
-Built a plastic upcycling machine producing several products like oil, diesel from plastic, a
machine that can help schools reduce their energy bills while reducing garbage.
- Several others are setting up Steve’s Garage Kenya to train youth how to create their own
simple, inexpensive and practical computers and robots to solve numerous technical issues.
- Creating a receiver for the educational TV to $1K instead of $10K, in order to help
thousands of pupils who dropped from schools due to poverty to study through the
- Building green-walls to help locals use vertical walls to produce healthy food which can also
contribute to increase the income of people, school and communities in a very simple way,
using plastic bottles and containers.
- Creation of an ecosystem around coffee industry (see presentation given at Global Forum 2018)
What makes TOP special from the other organizations ?
1. We do not provide financial support to the local organizations
2. We provide training locals to lead their own way to solve their own problems through Education for
Sustainable Development and technical education
3. Encouraging the participants to create their own companies with a social impact
4. Local organizations participate in financing the courses.
5. Mixing of the spirit of Israel, the start-up nation, bringing the best trainers and professional
The TOP platform provides:
TOP technology distribution
TOP Global invites organizations to be part of the alliance and contribute to its development.
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Web of People
How to help starving children ? No more dropouts
Providing rabbits (or substitutes) to families in need
The Challenge: A schoolmaster at Nakuru school, Kenya found out that children did not come to school because they were starving at home.
The Solution: Along the vegetables garden, he built a rabbit nursery, taught children how to take care of the rabbits and gave a couple of rabbits to 100 families making sure that they will give back 2 rabbits after 2 months.
Green Walls - how to grow food in urban environment or around your house ?
How to teach children to purify water ?
JOEL OMINO SECONDARY SCHOOL, KISUMU , KENYA
Students were suffering from water born diseases caused by drinking unsafe water in the school and at home. This affected their learning in school and regular duties as well as faced with huge medical bills.
Students were trained on how to make and maintain Biosand Water Filter. They were able to pass this knowledge and skill to the community.
Students and members of the community are now able to attend school and their regular duties with less or no disruption caused by water born diseases and at the same time access safe drinking water at a cheaper cost and less or zero medical bill.
Visit of the President of Kenya
President of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta listens to the students explaining how the Filter works and even tastes the water.
How to help children refugees coming from conflicted areas
Nurturing the spirit of childhood in conflict and war striken areas
What does it take to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts?
Open Source is not just software
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.
How to lighten houses that are dark even during daytime?
Build a solar bottle bulb
The communities who benefit from this idea live in areas where the houses hardly have windows and live in darkness even during daytime. Their solution up until this innovation was to turn on the light bulb and use electricity.
Alfredo Moser, the inventor of the lamp says:
It's a divine light. God gave the sun to everyone, and light is for everyone. Whoever wants it saves money. You can't get an electric shock from it, and it doesn't cost a penny.
How to power a family's home ?
Building a windmill
At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a journey detailed in the book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and the new film, "William and the Windmill." (more in Ted)
How to protect the cattle from lion attacks ?
Solar-powered solution invented by 13-year-old Richard Turere
Richard Turere, 13, doesn't like lions. "I grew up hating lions very much," says Turere, who is from Kitengela, just south of the capital Nairobi, Kenya. "They used to come at night and feed on our cattle when we were sleeping."
At the age of 11, Richard decided it was time to find a solution for protecting the family's cows, goats and sheep from being eaten by lions.
"One day, when I was walking around," he says, "I discovered that the lions were scared of the moving light."
He started to work on a system and despite the fact that had never received any training in electronics or engineering, he came up with a simple and low-cost system to scare the predators away. He arranged a series of flashing LED bulbs wired to switches and a car battery powered by a solar panel. It worked, since then his family has not lost any livestock.
"One thing that's unique about Richard is that if you give him a problem, he'll keep working at it until he can fix it," says leading Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu. "He doesn't give up; he doesn't find things too difficult; he's not afraid of being unable to do something and I think this is why he is such a good innovator."
How to face drugs, alcohol, violence and child labor in a slum ?
Musical instruments made from trash
In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.
A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.
How to heat a room for little money
Using 2 or more clay pots of different sizes, a metal cake pan or bricks and small candles.
This awesome idea works on convection, which is accomplished by the air moving around between the two clay pots. This helps create a forced air effect which pushes the hot air around the room.
Honeybees and the bio-dynamic way to save them
TOP expert: Yossi Aud
This growing method is substantially friendlier towards the bees in comparison to industrial beekeeping. This method allows the bees to live sustainably, consume their own products and to stay healthier. Another aim of these centers is to encourage and promote growing bees on the city’s rooftops. In this way the centers aid in the re-establishment of honey bees to the city and the environment in general.
YARD, RODI, SHOPHAR, ELIMU TV, SCOPE & KWEN
TOP Kenya Founding Members are 6 NGOs and companies that have gone through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) training and wish to continue their efforts. They provide solutions to challenges such as hunger, water, violence, prisoners' reinsertion, microfinancing and more. Here is a very short sample of their activities and below more details.
KWEN, Konyon Wenditai Empowerment Network
TOP Kenya Founding Member
The word “Shophar” is Hebrew word meaning horn or trumpet (Britannica Encyclopedia) To the Hebrew mind horns were potent symbols (Bill Bratt) and horns were blown:
on joyful occasions
to confuse enemies
at the beginning of every month
to call sacred assembly
as the sound of war
Shophar Kenya, metaphorically shall make a breakthrough for ESD within the SDG’s remaining period for communities to embrace change for sustainable development as we “blow” the Shophar during implementation. The Shophar shall be “blown” to break “walls” that prevent sustainable social, economic, environmental and cultural development of our society like the walls of biblical Jericho that fell down when the Shophar was blown (Joshua 6:1ff) – and the enemies fled away.
Kisumu City, Nyamasaria, opposite Nyamasaria Pr. School.
P.O. Box 2038 Kisumu 40100
Tel: +254 722 589003, +254 733 980229
YOUTH ACTION for RURAL DEVELOPMENT
TOP Kenya Founding Member
Water, Health, Education
The community should be encouraged to harvest rain water to cater for their daily use.
In terms of Health the community has been able to learn how to wash their hands after visiting the toilets and before eating.
Children should be taught on practical Skills at a tender age.
Contact: Sebastian Maina
Resources Oriented Development Initiatives
TOP Kenya Founding Member
Resources Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI Kenya) is a kenyan development organization with a primary focus on restorative prisoner rehabilitation, crime prevention and administration of justice.
RODI Kenya has a mission of promoting human dignity among communities in Kenya and Eastern Africa countries through enhanced food security, health and crime prevention.
Email: eliud.ngunjiri @yahoo.com
Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme
TOP Kenya Founding Member
SCOPE Kenya, which is a network of 18 civil society organizations, work with schools and communities in 11 counties. We promote an integrated and holistic approach to land use for food production, income generation and environmental conservation, something that our school curriculum lack.
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Gathering life challenges - first list
Water is the driving force of all nature.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Health & Well-being
Toward renewable energy sources
"Education is the only way we can make our world a better place."
– Yanush Korczak
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