The Charcoal Project Rubaare, Uganda via Crowdrise
May 09, 2011
BENEFITING: VIRUNGA FUND INC
Did you know that about half of the world’s population depends on wood, charcoal, and other solid biomass fuels for their daily cooking and heating needs?
And did you know that the unsustainable production and consumption of these fuels – mostly in the developing world -- has major impacts on climate change; women and children’s health and education; forests, plants, and animal protection; and the ability of poor people to emerge from poverty?
When you support The Charcoal Project you are helping address all of these problems! That’s because we are working on local and global projects that accelerate the deployment of energy efficiency and renewable fuels for the world’s energy poor.
Here’s one example of how we’re working to solve real problems on the ground:
The Rubaare Project -- The Charcoal Project is helping the Rubaare school district in rural Uganda solve its woodfuel shortage by planting trees, and launching an energy efficiency and renewable fuels program based on the recycling of discarded agricultural waste, and the introduction of energy efficient stoves.
The school district provides room, board, and an education to about 1,650 students each day, many of whom are orphans or have been displaced by war and diseases. By reducing its annual woodfuel expenses, the school can dedicate more resources to education, create jobs, protect the local environment, and decrease its carbon footprint.
Our goal is to see the program expand to the community’s 15,000 inhabitants and, eventually, to other communities in sub-Saharan African where about 90 percent of the population depends on traditional woodfuel and charcoal technologies for their daily needs.
Your much needed donation will help us put these schools on a path to sustainable energy consumption!
Thank you for supporting The Charcoal Project and the children of Rubaare!