As of 2020, more than 2.6 billion people in developing countries lack access to clean, modern fuel and technologies for cooking, and therefore rely on burning polluting fuels such as wood, animal dung, coal, or kerosene for cooking. Polluting, open fires and inefficient stoves cause a range of harmful impacts that hinder economic and social development in developing countries. Women are disproportionately affected as they are the primary homemakers. Cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels have the potential to reduce deaths from smoke-related illnesses, mitigate climate change, and lower air pollution.
With the generous support of the Isle of Man Government, this Christian Aid Week we will be raising vital funds for the Isle of Man Improved Cookstoves Project. The project will improve access to sustainable cooking methods by kick-starting the production of an additional 13,500 cleaner energy cook-stoves.
Christian Aid is working with communities in Ngozi province in Burundi to:
- Ensure that families can access improved cookstoves and understand the dangers of traditional wood stoves
- Support the development of quality production standards and establish two women-led cooperatives capable of manufacturing thousands of high-quality stoves each year which can be sold in local markets and stores.
This simple solution is one which will have a huge impact, providing new sources of livelihoods for women, while reducing the risk and drudgery of fuel collection and lowering household expenses.
Special thanks to the project sponsor, the IOM Government, whose funding is playing a pivotal role in bringing this project to life.
Support the Isle of Man Improved Cookstoves Project and help to transform lives.