THE PROBLEM

Here, in remote Northern Mozambique, one of the poorest regions of Africa, terror has returned to recently peaceful communities. Girls spend an average of an hour a day, vulnerable to attacks, cutting down endangered forests to cook on open fires with their young siblings in tow; inhaling dangerous fumes, sending climate changing gases into the atmosphere.

THE SOLUTION

Our cookstoves are locally built using traditional masonry and pottery skills and materials from a design refined by a leading cookstove engineer. An army of local community volunteers is ready to roll out the project to deliver stoves to each home within our partner communities supporting over 36,000 people.

IMPACT

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Security

A small group has been terrorising villages in this once peaceful region of Northern Mozambique. Villages are being attacked, hundreds killed, thousands of homes burnt and girls abducted; the perpetrators are in “the bush”. Each time the girls and women leave their village to collect firewood they are terrified of attack.

→ Each cook stove significantly reduces the amount of wood and thus time required in the bush to collect firewood.

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health

Breathing the smoke from a common cooking fire can be as harmful as smoking up to 10 packs of cigarettes per day, causing long term damage and lower respiratory infections, which kill more people than AIDs and Malaria.

→ Efficient burning reduces smoke inhalation by approximately 80%.

Children with burns from open fires are the most common form of flesh wounds at the clinic.

→ Containing the fire within a stove greatly reduces the chance of burns.

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deforestation & climate change

Firewood is taken from the last remaining Miomba coastal forests in Africa, which provide both a safe environment for endangered animals and much-needed carbon sinks.

→ Along with reducing emissions from cooking, the cookstoves will also more than half the deforestation caused by the collection of firewood.