Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households

by Brighter Communities Worldwide
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
Smokeless stoves saving lives in 1,250 households
BCW Staff delivering chimneys to stove installer
BCW Staff delivering chimneys to stove installer

Thank you for your support of this project ensuring that communities in Kericho county have a safe, healthy means to cook for their families.  Homes without these stoves cook over open fires in a smoke filled kitchen - as case numbers of COVID-19 rise again in Kenya can you imagine how much more difficult it would be to recover in a atmosphere breathing in wood smoke?  Your support is vital and very much appreciated.  

Community members are trained as installers and so far this year they have installed 632 stoves for families in need identified by Brighter Communities Worldwide.   Once trained, installers use their skills to install stoves on request and they charge a fee which provides them wtih an income.

Rehema has been an installer for 5 yrs now She was constructing the traditional stoves when she was identified and trained by Brighter Communitise Worldwide as an installer of the smokeless stoves.  She earns a fee of 300kes for an installation and over a 6 month period she has done 60 installations.

She says the significant changes for the families are - less firewood is used compared to the open fire, no more smoke in the houses, time saved colleced wood gives more time for other activities, healthier home and promotes healthier and cleaner environment overall.

Smokeless stoves are just one element in creating a health homestead - others include access to clean water,  mosquito nets to help protect against malaria, kitchen garden to improve diet wtih variety of vitamins and minerals, dish racks for drying dishes off the ground, access to a health clinic close by, a means to earn an income, improved pit latrine (toilet) and managing waste including reusing and recycling.

Your donation is making life changing programmes possible!  Thank you for your help and please feel welcome to share this project with friends and familes and help us reach more of the most vulnerable families in need.

Stove installer at a stove she has built
Stove installer at a stove she has built
Locally available materials used in construction
Locally available materials used in construction
Several elements make up a healthy homestead
Several elements make up a healthy homestead
Healthy homesteads have access to clean water
Healthy homesteads have access to clean water
Healthy homesteads have access to a health clinic
Healthy homesteads have access to a health clinic
Dish racks keep dishes safe and more hygienic
Dish racks keep dishes safe and more hygienic
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Thank you for your support of the smokeless stoves installations in Kericho county. We're delighted to bring you a short update on how the project is progressing.

The difference between before and after installation is instant - as soon as the construction of the stove is complete and the chimney is attached a small fire is lit and everyone involved stands outside watching the chimney, waiting for the smoke and once it appears there is singing and dancing in celebration!

This simple piece of tin made locally in Londiani town, extracts the smoke transforming the space inside to a bright, clear atmosphere from a dark, smokey place where it was hard to see and even harder to breath.   These photographs are from a distribution of chimneys to community health volunteers and stove installers at Cheptuiyet.  There have been 150 stoves installed since the beginning of this year.

The indoor photographs were taken in December during follow up visits to homes that had stoves installed 6 months before.  Among the changes the householders noted are - they are using less firewood; spending less time cooking as the new stoves retain heat and cook faster; the stoves are safer; there is no smoke in the room and the walls are cleaner; there are no sore eyes and there is less time spent collecting firewood.  

They also said they are saving money because they need less firewood.  Each time firewood is collected from the forest a permit fee must be paid and some families will have to purchase firewood if they are a long distance from a forest.  With the new stoves, the householders said they are using the money saved for paying school fees, buying household necessities, poultry production and expanding farming activites.

If you would like to donate again to this project - the next match funding campaign with GlobalGiving is on April 4th to 8th when all donations up to $50 will be match at 50% - and did you know that all new monthly donations will have their first donation matched at 100% after four total payments.

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Stove Installer Caroline
Stove Installer Caroline

Thank you for your support of the Smokeless Stoves project. 

The volunteers who train as stove installers are the people who roll out the stoves across the county.  Here is one stove installer’s story – her name is Caroline.

Caroline says “Previously I used the traditional three stones open fire and the common challenge is smoke and costs. I could use up to 4 firewood bundles in a week costing 1000 Ksh.’’

Caroline says the smoke caused her chest problems, continuous eye irritation and loss of eye-sight for her mother. Having installed her own smokeless stove she says “Smokeless stoves are the way to go and the community are really happy about them.’’ They are healthier, better for the environment and cost less using just 1 bundle of firewood in a week.  Caroline has more time to spend on her farm.  In 3 months she saved enough money for school fees for one of her children.

She says the people using these stoves have seen benefits and have realised changes in their families.  Some have started small businesses like Caroline who has started poultry keeping, improved kitchen garden and tree farming.

On November 30th, GlobalGiving is giving away one million dollars to non-profits around the world as part of their #MoveAMillion campaign for #GivingTuesday. Your generosity can help us unlock a greater share of those funds!  If you would like to donate to this project again, November 30th is the day to do it so please mark your calendar today!  

Think of how much more can be achieved together to get more smokeless stoves installed in the community.

Thank you for your support.

Traditional 3 stone open fire
Traditional 3 stone open fire
First fire lit in newly installed stove
First fire lit in newly installed stove
School stove in operation
School stove in operation
Carrying wood collected to fuel the stoves
Carrying wood collected to fuel the stoves
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New stove installed April 2021
New stove installed April 2021

As promised, we are excited to send you an update about work on the smokeless stoves project in Kericho county, Kenya.  We also take this opportunity to thank you again for your support of the April Climate Action campaign which got a fantastic response.

This update and photographs taken in April and May are from Reuben Koskei who has worked with Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2005.  Reuben’s role includes training Community Health Volunteers as stove installers and co-ordinating installation of smokeless stoves.

To date 73 volunteers have been trained this year (40 men and 33 women), at workshops that take place over 4 days with small numbers of around 15 participants in each.  These volunteers have learned about the need for smokeless stoves to protect health and reduce impact on the environment.  They are familiar with how to undertake household surveys to measure the impact of the stoves.  They learned how the design of the stove extracts the smoke and burns less wood.  Finally, they went out and built stoves putting the theory into action under the watchful eye of skilled installers.  Each stove takes half a day to install and to date 650 stoves have been installed. 

Follow up surveys of households that had stoves installed 6 months ago were also undertaken in April and May.  One of the householders said “I am enjoying smokeless stove which I have in use for almost 6 months.  I am very happy about it since it's cooking quicker, using less firewood and is smokeless”.

Schools also cook over open fires to provide hot food and chai for the children and the teachers  To create a healthier school environment we partner with schools sharing the costs of installing smokeless stoves. 

One such stove was completed at the end of May at Murao Secondary and the school principal Mr Jugo, had this to say in thanking Brighter Communities – “ It is with a high regard for your contribution towards the wellbeing of the Murao Secondary school fraternity that I write to say thank you. The installation of the smokeless jiko in the school kitchen is a great relief. Previously the school used the traditional stone "jikoni" which was smoky, dusty and generally unhygienic. With the improved jiko, comes the neccessary hygiene and an immediate relief from smoke for our Cooks. The smoke free nature of the improved jiko, assures us of an improved quality of cooked food. Especially in terms of palatability and food hygiene.  The improved jiko also has with it the advantage of using less firewood to prepare meals. This is of great significance to the school in terms of savings in funds previously used for he supply of firewood. Add to that end the fact that we will save our small forest. Our environment is therefore saved from destruction. We will forever remain grateful for your generous support and care for our wellness. Thank you.”

Seems a fitting end to this update.  Thank you again for supporting this project, changing lives and creating better futures!  

 We will be participating in the GlobalGiving July Bonus Day Match Fund on Wednesday July 14th.  Donations over €80 will be matched from 2pm (Irish time) on that day and the higher the amount donated, the higher the match while funds last. 

Thatched roof needed innovative plan for chimney
Thatched roof needed innovative plan for chimney
Testing the new stove with the first fire burning
Testing the new stove with the first fire burning
Picture of old stove at Murao Secondary School
Picture of old stove at Murao Secondary School
Picture of new stove & kitchen at Murao Secondary
Picture of new stove & kitchen at Murao Secondary
Each stove is made to fit the pot used for cooking
Each stove is made to fit the pot used for cooking
Mixing mud, water and sawdust together by foot
Mixing mud, water and sawdust together by foot
Chimney made of tin is fit through the roof
Chimney made of tin is fit through the roof
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