Virtually all of Onura's population uses wood to cook over traditional cookstoves. This means villagers, largely women and girls, have to spend hours foraging for fuel woods and inhaling toxic smoke (often with infant babies strapped to their backs). The toxins in smoke cause serious respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer and bronchitis. At the same time, cutting down trees for fuel woods is contributing to Sudan's catastrophic loss of forest and global climate change.
Local women will be trained to make clean, efficient cookstoves out of clay. These cookstoves only require a handful of kindling and generate much less smoke than traditional ones. Women groups will provide equipment, marketing training and support.
When villagers cook with clean cookstoves hundreds of lives will be saved. Hundreds of thousands of trees will also be saved, helping prevent deforestation and climate change worldwide. Providing jobs to women will ripple to help the entire community