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Feb 27, 2018

Progress in to protect forest and families in PNG

A Suowi Ankave girl gathering water for cooking
A Suowi Ankave girl gathering water for cooking

We are so excited that our generous donors have made our low fuel, low emissions cookstives project possible by contributing to our campaign during the end-of-year Accelerator, and by enrolling in automatic onthly donations. The campaign became such a success, that we are deep in preparations to implement this forest conservation and repsiratory health project during the month of April. 

The sole brave pilot who lands on the Ikundi airstrip deep in the mountainous forest in Suowi Valley has our project on his shcedule.  Our doctors, nurses, anthropologists, and conservation biologists are ready to bring in training and health services along with the first delivery of low emission cookstoves, solar and hygiene kits, and essential medicines via fixed wing aircraft. The midwives we trained in 2016 will be the first to learn about the rocket stoves, solar lights, and hygiene kits, including treated mosquito nets, to protect families as they sleep and eliminate the need for smoke to fill the house at night as a mosquito deterrent. The midwives in turn will be able to teach the families they serve through their midwivefery skills. 

While we can't say how the rocket soves will be received by the community at this point, we do anticipate receptivity to the new technology, based on the time saved in gathering wood, understanding of the forest conservation that will be realized by decreasing the amount of trees harvested, lowered risk of burns, and the improvement in respiratory health, particularly of women and children. As always, we will use our community participatory model to be sure the needs and concerns of the Suowi Ankave are put first in this time of change. 

Because these stoves will reduce fuel use by 30-60%, they will emit less greenhouse gas, carbon emissions, decrease black carbon emission by 50-90%, and will soften the impact on the Papua New Guinea rainforest, and all the creatures that depend upon it for life. 

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