Stop Cookstoves from Killing in South Sudan

Feb 22, 2011

Give Clay stoves to protect the environment

Traditional local 3 stones stove
Traditional local 3 stones stove

Fuel efficiency clay stoves when in use; they do not only conserve the environment but improve the health of women.

On 08- Feb - 2011 president Omer al-Bashir, issued a republican decree accepting the final results of referendum, which supports the separation of the South into an independent state. North and South Sudan are presently engaged in talks to resolve the sensitive issues, which includes sharing of oil revenues, demarcation of boarders, and the contested oil-rich Abyei region.

 We are thankful to our supporters for their contributions that helped Hope Ofiriha to train women in fuel –efficiency clay stove production skills. Because of your CASH we added ten women to receive training. By the end of 2011 we are planning to train 500 women to make 5000 fuel-efficiency clay stoves!

The 2010 was not productive because we wanted to train 1000 women but only 100 participants were train. The main reason was lack of funding. We hope 2011 will bring new donors so that several women are train.

When our fuel –efficiency clay stoves are in use, they do not only conserve the environment but improve the health of women, and young girls whose duties are to feed their families. Our clay stoves decrease the amount of deadly fumes that women and children breathe inside the homes and conserve the most fragile ecosystems by protecting forests. By using our clay stoves will also contribute to reduction in  wood fuel consumption by 60% per each family per year. We are serving more trees than before!

To keep up the momentum of this environmental –conserving project we need 20 people to give $10 each – or more on regular basis. Could you be one of these, please? If so please donate to “Stop Cookstoves from killing in south Sudan” – through GlobalGiving on monthly basis or one time donation.

In three months to come we will have lots of progress and the impact of the funds will be clearly demonstrated. We will to give you an update on how your contributions are making changes in the lives of poor women, children and the villages that they live in.

Thanks for joining hands with Hope Ofiriha!


Nov 27, 2010

Happy Thankgiving Holiday

The Onura wood clay stoves will save several lives and fight deforestation and climate change in south Sudan and worldwide.

The women running "Onura fuel efficiency clay stove project", have been meeting a lot of obstacles in running this life-saving activity due to lack of money in these recent months. But because this is life and death the local women are determined to keep the project going. They managed to set up two groups, and purchased 100 plastic sheeting to cover clay stoves with the funding they received from our Globalgiving donors.

Quote from a beneficiary;
Clay stoves are our healthy and clean environment – we will do everything we can to help ourselves, and the environment.  

We take this opportunity to thanks our Globalgiving donors for their ongoing support, and we look forward in working with them in 2011, and years to come.

The staff of Hope ofiriha, and I wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season, your family, friends, and colleagues!

Sep 7, 2010

Field progress report - Sept

production facility clay wood stove
production facility clay wood stove

We would like to let our GlobalGiving donors know that 99% of women still depend on wood fuel for cooking in rural communities of ONURA village. Smoke from fire is the major cause of death from respiratory disease in southern Sudan. Trees that are cut down are used for fuel which causes deforestation.

When rural people switch to wood clay stoves it leads to improve health and better environment. With help from our GlobalGiving donors, Hope Ofiriha has been busy training women in production of fuel efficient wood burning clay stoves. The project three practical benefits: 1) improve health to women, 2) better environment, 3) ongoing income to families from sale of clay stoves.

Hope ofiriha is looking for funding so that several women can be trained in production techniques in fuel efficient wood burning clay stoves, and marketing skills.

You will be hearing from us again in the next three months with latest up from the field. Thanks for your ongoing support until this project has achieved the goals.

Thanks for reading this report!

Sep 24, 2010

Field progress report - second quarter

Clay stove - made our trainee Ayaa Rose
Clay stove - made our trainee Ayaa Rose

This project started well but due to donations short coming two women have to stop their training in the middle of the course. Your donations have made us come a long way. Most local Kitchens in Omilling Sudan can be simple be described as indoor dangerous fires. The smoke from these fires is so harmful that lower respiratory diseases are the most leading cause of illness among women. The escalating demand of firewood in Magwi County population leads to destruction of local forests. On June 16 2010 GlobalGiving will be matching at 50% all online donations up to 1,000 per donor per project! This campaign runs between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4).

In addition to the 50% match, GlobalGiving will be offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that same day a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from most individual donors!

We are encouraging you to make a donation on June 16 to take this opportunity of the matching funds in order to help Poor Sudanese women in Omilling villages to make the fuel efficiency wood burning clay to improve their lives, families, and ongoing incomes from the sale of clay stoves - and finally get them out of extreme poverty and live a healthier life.

Thanks for your ongoing support!


Sep 24, 2010

First project update

Onura project beneficiary
Onura project beneficiary

A woman from ONURA sub village has been selected to receive training as “a trainer” in wood burning clay stove in Kampala. The duration of the course is three months and she has undergone the training for two months but had to stop due lack of funding. We hope our supporters will do their best in helping us in training more women. After training the trainer will go to ONURA sub village Sudan and set up training camps to train local women.

Once again thanks for helping us in this worthwhile project and we look forward that you will be with us until the project is completed. We will every three months provide you with an update from the field.

Have a good summer!

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Project Leader

William Logai Ochieng

Oslo, Oslo Norway

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