Our Grandmothers still need stoves…
Ellie was sitting out on the ground in front of her door. She is one of our sponsored grandmothers which means that every month one of the Chikumbuso widows goes to check on how she is doing and brings her a 25 kg. bag of mealie meal, oil, laundry soap, salt, sugar and charcoal. Today it was my turn to go and see her.
This offering is meant to lighten her load not completely supply all her needs. Today when I asked if in fact her load was lighter she commented on how the amount of charcoal we gave her was not enough. She gets a 25kg bag full. So we talked about the fuel efficient stoves, the ones that only use a few sticks for the entire day. What a difference it would make in Zambia if the trees were spared the fate of becoming charcoal briquettes! We also explained to her how these new stoves were equipped with warmers that kept the noon meal warm all the way into the evening! There would be no need to cook at night!
Ellie had not heard of the stoves but her young grandsons voice, just inside the doorway, shouted, “I know! I know all about them, my friend has one at his house! It also can keep your water warm all day long and you don’t need charcoal, just sticks!”
Ellie smiled, “That would be perfect, my grandson here could collect the sticks for me.. there would be no need for charcoal then!”
Please help us to raise money for these stoves... all 23 of our grandmother's loads would be lightened!
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