Improved cookstove workshop in the community
These pictures from the village of Tsaramandroso really show what is going on. We wish we could just post about 20 pictures as a project report, and let them speak for themselves.
Teaching people how to build their own improved cookstove has become our biggest mission for 2020. Our partnership with the team from the Lycée Technique Professionnel Tsiroanomandidy (Technical Professional College of Tsiroanomandidy) has been very successful in accomplishing this goal with their help and expertise. At the core of their extensive research is an improved cookstove that can be built 100% with locally available resources. While the color and the composition of the clay may change from village to village, everything else can be found in a half mile radius where people live.
We consider our two villages pilot sites to test innovations such as improved cookstove technology and bio charcoal production. By the same token we were very aware of the fact, that to have a real impact we need to expand our programs way beyond our two core villages.
In the last decade reforestation has become part of the fabric of community life in our villages. What makes our improved cookstove training quite unique is: new communities have to commit to active reforestation to qualify for an improved cook stove and bio charcoal workshop.
Communities have to apply with Zahana, to host a community workshop. Our coordinator visits the respective community, to assess if they are indeed willing to comply with our reforestation commitment. He also assesses other needs, such as bioremediation for crop improvement, and the availability of the resources needed to built the cookstoves. After an agreement is made, and formally signed, the team visits the village, spending a few days there, teaching in hands-on workshops.
The logical choice to expand our program was theinvolve the other villages currently served by our midwife from the CARMMA in Fiarenana. All pictures in this report are from Tsaramandroso a good hours walk from the CARMMA.
Cooking pot as mold for the stove
Mixing the clays for the improved cookstove
Building their cookstove is a family project
Building improved cookstoves with many hands
Finishing touches on the improved cookstove