- Over 3 Billion people – half of the world’s population – cook over an open fire for every meal
- To cook they have to walk miles and miles to collect wood or spend 1/3 of their income on buying fuel – just to cook for their families
- While cooking they breath in the equivalent of 40 cigarettes a day
- 2 million women and children die each year from the smoke caused by cooking over open fires
- Massive deforestration and therefore major negative impacts on our environment, the global climate, and animal protection
- Black carbon, a major byproduct of inefficient biomass combustion, is an important contributor to climate change. It is 1million times stronger than CO2, but stays just a couple of days in the atmosphere. That means: If we can reduce emissions from cooking it will directly lessen worldwide(!) climate change.
The main reason for these problems is unsustainable and inefficient production and consumption of fuels, so it is important to:
- Promote and distribute efficient cooking stoves, which save up to 90% of fuels used and also reduce carbon monoxide and particulates by up to 90% (like the ones of Aprovecho in the video on the left)
- plant trees
- launch an energy efficiency and renewable fuels program (briquettes) based on the recycling of discarded agricultural waste (e.g. waste of banana plants, sawdust)
The First Step:
The Charcoal Project (TCP) starts a pilot scheme in Rubaare, Uganda. The school district there has asked for help to solve its woodfuel shortage to provide meals for more then 1,600 students.
Read the story here: http://goo.gl/ogRhw
Rubaare Education Foundation (REF)
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.
The Charcoal Project’s 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.
How You Can Help
With your donation or fundraiser you can help significantly promote green and sustainable fuels for the REF school district and for Rubaare. TCP is planting trees to reforest the area nearby the school these days. With your help it is possible to buy stoves which are able to cook meals for all of the students ultra-efficiently and to produce briquettes made from agricultural waste to heat them.
Donate just $10 (or more if you want!) today and help me reach the first $500 goal on Crowdrise to support The Charcoal Project in Uganda.
Most important: Tell all your friends about this project; about REF, and about the 1,600 students who need our help!
Help to save Rubaare. Help to save lives. Help to save earth.
Inform yourself and spread the word:
Learn more about The Charcoal Project: http://charcoalproject.org
Like TCP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheCharcoalProject
The Video on the left was produced by Aprovecho Research Center and shows an example of a rocket stove which can be used in communities like Rubaare.