Tanzania Project: Smokeless Stove programme
Project Completed: June 2012
Phase three of the smokeless stoves project was designed to build further capacity in the community, to further increase awareness of the health and environmental benefits of using efficient stoves and the importance of proper ventilation in kitchens, and to facilitate the construction of an additional 51 stoves.
A community capacity building meeting was held to provide the community with the skills, training and knowledge to sustain the stoves project. Awareness-raising activities were undertaken by 90 trained youth, targeting 540 households in nine villages. In addition, the youth constructed 51 efficient stoves. The community has taken ownership of the project, and created tools to facilitate construction and awareness-raising activities, and to monitor and evaluate their actions.
The new stoves perform well and the communities report that the anticipated benefits have been realised.
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Geita District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania.
* To build 140 smokeless stoves
Who is Involved?
After successfully completing a number of projects around the world and in particulary Nepal, we are proud to be in a in partnership with Plan to fund a Smokeless Stove programme in Tanzania.
The Geita District is located in the Mwanza Region, it is bordered to the South and the West by Shinyanga Region, to the North by the Sengerema District and to the East by the Misungwi District. Geita has 7 divisions, 33 wards and a total number of 185 registered villages.
How is Exodus helping?
Funding the Project:
Where will the project be implemented?
The project will be implemented in IIhanamilo ward which has seven villages which are Nyanguku (2,134 population), Ikulwa (4,612 population), Shinamwenda (2,287 population), Bunegezi (3,105 population), Mwagimagi (1,585 population), Nyakato (3,717 population) and Igenge (2,624 population).
The ward was selected based on the increase environmental degradation that is taking place in the area and also the outbreak in the number of elderly women being murdered due to superstitious principles associated with elderly women with red eyes.
Explanation of Project and Targets
1. Community Sensitization (talking to and building a relationship with the communities so they can understand why and how Plan can work with them):
• Village leaders will be sensitized on smokeless stoves and the benefits it will have to their communities’ for example: elderly women who have been subjected to murders and other forms of abuse and the effects of cutting trees without having any form of control.
2. Training of builders:
• The implementing partners will work directly with communities to deliver improved stoves. They will work closely with the village leaders to select suitable villagers to train as stove builders. Training takes 5 days and includes theory and practical sessions.
• Monitoring will be conducted by the implementing partner once the stove builders have completed building the stoves in the 1st identified household in order to check the standard of the stoves built, help stove owners learns how to use them and resolve any problems that might arise. The second monitoring will be done once the stove building for the 2nd household identified has been completed.
To view the planned breakdown of the cost please click here
This project will directly benefit 140 households in 7 villages in Geita and will indirectly benefit 20,064 community members of IIhanamilo ward.
Currently none of our trips run to this region. However, there will be a special departure in 2009 that will enable clients to visit the communities where Exodus and Plan have helped re-build community life.
Due to Plan’s partnership with a local organisation, they have managed to make some savings on the original costs, and as a result we are pleased to report we still have $4,399 left in the budget.
Our Sales & Marketing Director recently climbed Kilimanjaro with an Exodus Special Group and made a field visit to the smokeless stoves project. Ben was delighted to report that ‘Progress has been excellent. So far 90 youth have been trained across 9 different villages and 180 Rocket Stoves have been constructed. The ‘mamas’ are really enjoying cooking on their new stoves. We’re making a really positive impact on the local communities’.
Phase One Results:
Phase Two: (October 2010 to March 2011)
We are delighted to announce that Exodus runners, Ben, Sophie, Brendan and Emma all successfully completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon and between them, raised over £2,000 which will go directly towards the Smokeless Stove project in Tanzania.
The project is now well underway and we are pleased to hear that communities in the Geita District are seeing both health and environmental benefits already.
To view full update, please download the PDF document.
On Sunday October 11th four members of the Exodus team will be participating (running!) in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. They will be fund-raising for the Smokeless Stove Community Programme that Exodus have established in partnership with the community development charity Plan UK.
Ready for the challenge
If you would like to register for the run as a group or individual contact Clare Cowley at Plan on firstname.lastname@example.org
For the April report from Plan, please download the PDF document