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A cooking stove improves lives in Kenya

By Andrew Amadi

Mary Watiri is looking at the cooking stove. It takes 3 minutes to boil water using the improved cook stove, compared to 15 minutes used with charcoal.

On the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya, an elderly woman forages in the Ngong Forest for fallen branches. In a small village in Karachuonyo, in Kenyas Nyanza province, a mother prepares a meal for her family in a smokefilled kitchen. With her eyes bloodshot and watery she coughs as she helplessly waves off the acrid smoke from the cooking stove. In Kawangware, one of Nairobis diverse neighborhoods, a student has not finished her homework, but knows that she needs to turn off the kerosene lamp or risk using more than the weeks share of light.

Firewood is one of the key energy sources that 3 billion people in Africa, Asia and Latin America rely on. Many poor families have a limited choice of fuel to cook their meals, heat their water or generate electricity. According to Moses Mbego of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, in addition to the wanton destruction of forests for firewood, harmful emissions from inefficient biomass cooking lead to an array of upper respiratory complications. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cancer of the nasopharynx and larynx tuberculosis, low birth weight and eye diseases such as cataract and even blindness result from constant exposure to biomass fumes.

The energysaving cooking stove

Project Suryas Improved Cooker needs a handful of kindle to make a meal.

Fortunately, there is a solution: Project Surya Sun, in Sanskrit has teamed up with UNEP, The Energy and Resources Institute of India and other organizations to fight air pollution and climate change.

Project Surya invented a cooking stove that requires less than half of biomass fuel and emits less greenhouse gases. Designed with a solarpanel powered fan, the stove improves combustion by supplying a small volume of high velocity air that increases the mixing of oxygen. An added bonus is the solar lamp, michael kors outlet watches sale providing light from a renewable resource.

In March 2011, the Appropriate Wood and Solar Energy Network AWSEN, a renewable energy community group in Kenya, received the improved cooking stoves from Project Surya. Ban Soontaek, wife of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral, who was the guest of honour at the handover ceremony of michael kors outlet watches sale the cooking stoves said, The United Nations is constantly seeking simple solutions to major problems that afflict many of us, particularly women.

In Kiawamagira in Dagoretti, Anne Muringi Gikaria, AWSENs chairperson, and her colleagues demonstrated how the improved cooking stove worked. As Anne lit the stove with a handful of wood, the other women spoke of their experience with the new technology.

Mary Watiri, the eldest in the group, said she was relieved her eyes no longer flushed red or filled with tears while cooking. Anne added that to the relief of all the women, their children no longer frequently visited hospitals for respiratory complications. Then she brought a length of wood10cm in diameter and one meter longfrom her yard. Wood that previously might have lasted to cook one meal, the improved stove used the same amount for more than three days. Using less fuel translated into significant savings. One of AWSENs members said that with the new technology she now spends USD 0.2 per day to buy kerosene to cook and light her home, down from USD 0.5 previously.

Project Suryas cooking stoves reduced Kiawamagiras contribution of greenhouse gases and improved the health of its inhabitants. Globally, each stove can slow down the rate of deforestati michael kors outlet watches sale on and climate change. While the women of AWSEN are a symbol of what is possible, Project Surya aims to have the stove locally manufactured so that this global solution finds a local home. michael kors outlet watches sale