- Every month I donate part my salary to charity.
- This month I help buying cleaner cookstoves.
2016 is my year of charity. I’ll donate part of my income for good causes, every month another one. Then I’ll blog about the impact. Here is what I support in February.
40 cigarettes a day
The toxic air can be as bad as smoking the equivalent of 40 cigarettes a day. It destroys lungs causes heart diseases and can result in low weight at birth.
According to United Nations, smoke from these fireplaces kills almost 2 million people and sickens millions more per year. Women staying at home looking after the food are mostly affected but children staying close to their mothers are equally vulnerable.
Scars in the landscape
Tons of soot from every village spewed into the atmosphere causes further problems. There are no exact numbers of how much CO2 emissions these stoves generate, estimates range from 2 to 5%. Over half of all wood harvested worldwide is used as fuel. Up to a third of the wood fuel harvested is unsustainable – that is when more wood is used than grown – causing degradation or deforestation.
The solution to this does not require expensive technology. It is all about using the fuel more efficiently.
26 bricks are all you need
Cleaner cleaner fuel-efficient cook stoves mean…
- Improving the health of women and children by burning fuel more efficiently and producing less hazardous some. The Changu Changu Moto fire is contained, greatly reducing the risk of burns while cooking.
- Reducing deforestation in Malawi. Over 90% of families in that region depend on wood for cooking. Every household that has a Changu Changu Moto needs 67% less wood. That resulted in savings of over 80.000 bundles of firewood – every week.
- Sustainability – The stoves are built from a simple mud mortar mix, and can be easily repaired by householders. RIPPLE Africa delivers the education that will ensure the stove will be used for life.
- Timesavings – women can save up to 10 hours per week on collecting firewood. The cooker also means meals take less time to prepare. The time saved can be spent on other activities.
- Saving money – In urban or heavily deforested areas wood is especially expensive. Poor families benefit from almost 70% savings on wood fuel.
The charity helped over 30,000 households to replace their inefficient three stone fires with a Changu Changu Moto cook stove. They are now living healthier, spending less money, save time and save the environment.
Who is behind this?
They show long term and describe themselves as ‘realists, not idealists’.
Why I chose Ripple Africa
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