Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

Amani Waghe Nabhirewo

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Janet Using Local Stove

This is a Rukonzo statement meaning “I have saved my energy”. Janet Biira, 25 year old mother of three stays in Busamba 111 village – Bundibugyo District in western Uganda. She uses the statement to refer to the energy saving stove, which she got to know about from the Uganda Red Cross Society under the synergy-climate change adaptation project. Under this project, the URCS is training people to make energy saving stoves. People in rural areas use firewood as a source of fuel to cook their food, and yet cutting down trees is dangerous to the environment. ”

This stove is environmentally friendly as it uses less firewood. These stoves have been piloted in 30 homes so far, and more families are expected to be reached with the same. In a bid to establish self-sustaining families, URCS has trained more people to make such stoves. Over 48 trainers of trainees have been trained to equip others with the same skills and it is believed that more communities will adopt this method and save the environment.

Janet stays with other 9 people in her home. She is a primary four drop out and separated with her husband in May, 2015. She uses an energy saving stove to cook food for the ten people who stay in this home. Previously, Janet was using the three traditional stones to cook food but when the Uganda Red Cross synergy project started in Busamba parish, she was able to construct an energy saving stove which she uses now to cook food for her people.

“Before I got the energy saving stove, I would use a lot of fire wood which I collect from the mountain. Every month, I would use 8 bundles, but these days I use not more than three bundles per month.  I collect fire wood from Mbatya valley which is about 4 kilometers away from my home. I use less energy, less force and I have time to do a lot more than before” she adds.

Janet’s children used to go to school very late since she had to warm their food in the morning.

Today, life is good. She leaves the food on the stove in the night and finds it warm in the morning. This has also helped her to attend to other home chores other than warming the food in the morning.

Before, Janet would spend 50,000= on fire wood per month but these days if she doesn’t  go to the mountains to collect fire wood, she uses  about 20,000= per month, meaning she saves more than a half of what she was spending before she constructed the energy saving stove.

Janet does not have to worry about accidents in the kitchen anymore, because the energy saving stove is safe enough. “Whenever I would leave children cooking in the kitchen, I would be worried all the time because I would think that may be my child would be burnt because the fire in between the three stones is so much exposed and can easily lead to accidents in the kitchen. With the energy saving stove, they feel safer. She also adds that food cooked on the energy saving stove has a good flavor because smoke does not enter into it directly.

Janet wishes that all people in her village would have energy saving stoves so that many trees can survive in her parish and in that way, landslides can be reduced since the vegetation/ tree cover would not decrease so much. She calls upon all her village mates to construct the energy saving stove for its associated benefits

URCS Contacts

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road.
P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
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Email: sgurcs@redcrossug.org
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