Growth of Babati

Babati is enduing rapid growth as it wrestles with new prominence as the designated administrative capital of the Manyara Region. Change is being trust on the area and with the growth demand is stimulated and prices rise. It is against this backdrop that our efforts to lessen hardship become ever more urgent, but we are struck by the way the people are responding. Self help has always been our mantra and it appears that the vast majority of people we come into contact with in the outlaying rural communities thrive with a little help. We have a very defined approach which deals with everyday … [Read more...]

Fuel efficient stoves are part of the solution

Approximately 3 billion people (1/2 the planet) are reliant on cooking their food over open fires. The problems associated with this have been well documented in the past and include pollution from soot which leads to respiratory problems; the release of carbon into the atmosphere adding to the problem of global warming; as well as deforestation and the environmental impact that represents. An article in The Daily Telegraph (7.5.11) tells us that many development agencies have for a long time being urging open fire users to use cleaner stoves and have offered designs to assist them. A … [Read more...]

Rocket mud stoves

Thanks to a generous grant from The Souter Charitable Trust, the kanga project has been able to implement a much needed project. RWDA, our partners, are to introduce rocket mud stoves into Ilongero community. So last week RWDA sent Maria Francis, their project supervisor and Brown Pagani, a future stove builder and trainer, to Dodoma to undergo a week’s training with Sunseed Tanzania Trust in how to build these fuel efficient, environment & health friendly "rocket mud stoves". Although I know they were very happy with the training, we have not had their full report yet due to the very … [Read more...]