You’ve helped fund a unique initiative that will save the forest and improve lives for women and children at the same time: a community-wide programme of installing energy efficient mud stoves throughout the villages. This will dramatically reduce the amount of fuelwood collected, which has a big impact on the forest. It will also make a big difference to the health of women and children, as the smoke from traditional stoves is dangerous.
So far, the training on constructing and using energy efficient stoves has exceeded expectations. 84 families have been trained to build the stoves and are using them on a regular basis. Early reports suggest a 50% drop in the use of fuel wood has occurred amongst the families involved. That’s great news for the forest and the families protecting it.