The Need for Clean Cookstoves
Education is a powerful, transformational tool across the globe. Through education the cycle of poverty can be broken. However, for low-income families in developing countries sending children to school can be a hardship on the family.
Parents in the Kibera slum in Kenya struggle to earn enough money for fuel and feeding their family, let alone paying school fees. Children perform many daily tasks to support the household, like watching younger siblings and helping in the kitchen. School hours and homework means less time assisting with household chores, which puts more demand on the parents. Preparing meals is a very time consuming and expensive venture for families that cook their meals on open flames, utilizing wood or charcoal on 3-stone fires or inefficient cookstoves.
EcoZoom cookstoves relieve some of the burden on the family by reducing the cost of fuels (by 70%) and providing a more efficient cooking system that reduces the time required to prepare meals.
How does the Campaign work?
Cheery Children Education Centre is an academic institution located in Kibera which provides a valued educational program as well as assistance through donations to help cover costs for uniforms, books and tuition. We hand out the stoves you donate to families of the students enrolled at the school.
The principal of the school, Jairus Makambi, randomly selects a child’s name from the enrollment roster. The winning parents are then invited to the school, where the EcoZoom team performs a stove demonstration and presents each family with a brand-new charcoal stove.
About the Kibera Slum
Kibera is an area of Nairobi with population estimates varying from 500,000 to well over 1 million inhabitants. Most of the slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1 a day. Unemployment rates are high, there are few schools and most people can not afford an education for their children.
An EcoZoom charcoal stove can save a family 20,000 Kenyan shillings per year on fuel expenses. This is equivalent to around 200 USD, which can pay for a whole year of schooling for one child. It may not seem like a lot, but this is a huge cost saving for the average family living in Kibera.
Together we can help break the cycle of poverty through educational opportunity.
*Please note, for US citizens, we are not a qualified tax-exempt organization so donations are not tax deductible.
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