Mewar Angithi
Africa


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Kenya

The school children in Nyumbani Village have just finished their lunch in the canteen. Githeri, a maize and bean stew cooked over a fire, is served for lunch every day. Most of the children play football barefoot in the afternoon sun, but one 7-year-old boy, aptly nicknamed ‘Little Engineer,’ builds a toy truck from salvaged trash instead. He secretly sells these masterpieces to his classmates and uses the profits to buy sweets. Little Engineer lives with his susu (“grandmother”) and nine other orphans in a house made of mud and concrete in Cluster 3. There are four houses in each cluster and 26 clusters in the village. Each house in the village is mostly the same as Little Engineer’s – ten orphans and a susu or emau (“grandfather”).  Besides time spent at school and on his budding toy car business, Little Engineer will spend one to two hours a day collecting firewood for one of his siblings to cook morning and evening meals for the family, which requires three to four hours a day.

In Nyumbani, Fabio Parigi and Michele Del Viscio found a wider range of stoves than in Rajasthan. The efficiencies of these stoves varied significantly. Using the MA in the most efficient of their stoves (which resemble the U-shaped chulhas from Rajasthan) increased the thermal efficiency by 25%. Replacing less efficient stoves (which consist of three rocks placed in a triangular arrangement) with the most efficient configuration and implementing MAs increased the thermal efficiency by 78%. These improvements translate into an estimated 7500 km2 of local forest saved each year in Kenya alone.  

Ghana

About 83% of Ghana’s population use solid fuels (mainly firewood, charcoal) for cooking and heating in their homes. This endangers forests and biodiversity. Most Ghanaians also cook indoors with an open fire or with poor ventilation causing respiratory illness. GHACCO estimates that more than 22 million Ghanaians are affected by household air pollution (HAP), and 18,000 die each year as a result of exposure to HAP.

Abibimman Foundation has an effective relationship with the community leaders and inhabitants. One of the community leaders serves as our focal point, and usually mobilizes our target audience anytime we host a program or project in the village. Abibimman Foundation also has over 100 volunteers who continuously commit to assisting the organization in its activities.

The project took place at Saglemi, a distant village located in the Prampram-Ningo district of the Greater Accra region in Ghana, West Africa. We targeted 100 households for the clean cookstove deployment, and 300 inhabitants for the sensitization on forests and conservation practices. 15 volunteers were involved as well. With regards to the clean cookstove deployment, the participants were mainly women and girls. The forest sensitization and conservation practices involved everyone in the village, including children, youth and elders (all genders). The first session of the consultation were with the community leaders before involving the entire inhabitants. The village was a native Ga-Adangbe.

The testimonials obtained after the deployment in the video below speak for themselves.