Orphanage kids learn how to use ecological cookers
La Casa de Alegria, a girls home situated in Quillacollo, Bolivia, recently received two ecological stoves from CEDESOL. La Casa de la Alegria is home to nearly forty young girls from the greater Cochabamba area. The girls home functions as a community, with each girl actively taking part in the daily chores such as cooking and cleaning, while studying in the nearby schools.
CEDESOL trained the orphanage´s staff and to the older kids on proper use of a solar cooker and an efficient wood burning stove. The best way to learn is to see how things are done in practice. Based on this principle, CEDESOL´s staff and volunteers cooked lunch together with Casa de la Alegria using the new stoves. When implementing the wood stove the kids were really impressed with how easy it was to use and the little amount of fuel it required. They marveled at the sight of smoke being channeled outside through the chimney instead of staying inside the kitchen.
CEDESOL will shortly return to the orphanage to measure the fuel savings from the new cookers. Operating on the a tight budget, the reduction in fuel costs represent a significant savings for La Casa de Alegria, and an opportunity to expand the options available to the girls. In addition to the economical savings the kids learn how to use alternative and clean energies.
This project was initiated by CEDESOL´s volunteer Christine Rumsey who had visited the orphanage and seen the need for ecological cookers. CEDESOL was able to carry out the project thanks to the funds that Christine raised. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this and similar projects that improve the quality of lives of many Bolivians!
Efficient wood stoves and climate training
A truck full of stoves and another car full of CEDESOL staff and volunteers headed off from Cochabamba one early morning. After some hours of driving along the hilly roads we reached the destination, village of Santivañes.
CEDESOL´s partners from World Vision and the project participants had gathered together to receive training on how to build and use efficient wood burning stoves. The financial support from World Vision allowed 20 families to purchase the stoves with a subsidized price. Some months earlier, another 22 families in the same community had received stoves in a similar project.
To cut down the costs CEDESOL transported the stoves in parts and gave training to the participants on how to build, maintain and use them. The price was lower also because families built the bases for the stove themselves from affordable materials such as adobe bricks or bricks and cement.
Before handing over the stoves CEDESOL gave a presentation about the causes of climate change – traditional cooking methods using biomass representing a large contribution to black carbon emissions. With their new stoves the project participants will now use less combustible materials, which means less black carbon pollution and less deforestation. Ecological rocket stoves use up to 70% less firewood than the traditional stoves.
New Kyoto project about to kick off
CEDESOL is about to start a project with the support of Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society. We are currently gathering up a group of 50 families that will receive solar stoves and training in a subsidized price. The selected families will commit to the project for 3 months and report their fuel savings and new cooking habits.
For the participants the stoves will mean economical savings and improvement in both health and time use. As a bigger picture, the families will use less firewood and produce less black carbon emissions.
Two of the participants will be named as coordinators and they will help CEDESOL to arrange the training and will serve as advocates in the community for the duration of the project. In the trainings the participants will learn how to cook different dishes with the solar stoves.
As a part of the project CEDESOL recently visited a school in the village of San Benito, telling the students about the advantages of the solar cookers. As a result, many of their parents have signed up for the project and eagerly waiting for it to start. CEDESOL has been cooperating with Kyoto Twist Society from 2007, implementing more than 130 stoves in 3 different projects.
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