Our project is to make 10,000 energy efficient, six brick rocket stoves
in refugee camps in
By Ken Goyer
We were rained out! In spite of that we have managed to complete 300 stoves in two camps, have 1,000 more stoves under construction, and have about 20,000 unfired bricks waiting to dry and be burned. We have started brickmaking in three locations. One location, Apala, is near several very large camps in eastern Lira District. Due to the distance and sometimes rebel danger we did not visit this site. It is being organized by "J.K." one of our three stove promoters. The two other brick sites are located closer to Lira.
We decided that it was futile to give a stove with no means of protecting it from the rain and equally futile to have a stove with no means of cutting and splitting wood. So we have included a metal pan to be used as a stove cover, and an ax with every stove. This increases the price considerably, but it is necessary.
Our group consists of our host Mathew Langol, of All Nations Christian Care in Lira, Peter Keller and Chuck Wojnoski from the First Congregational Church in
We have employed and trained three local people to continue this work under Mathew's supervision after we leave. They are J.K. Okeng, Mary Onen, and Francis Ogwang. Jimmy Ogwang, the driver from All Nations has also been an indispensable aid to us.
When I arrived I found several deathly ill infants in Boke camp and I took them to the hospital. They were dying from what I later came to call
Malaria, Anemia, Diarrhea
A week later Adelitus, a medical officer in
We also provided introductory stove training for 30 people from the Langol Organic Cooperative. They do development work in
All things considered, the materials and the labor are in place to make several thousand more stoves. And with future funding (and oversight) hopefully this project will spread to all of
Coming soon, please see aiduganda.org I plan to post all of the pictures and everyones individual reports of the trip and my own more detailed report of the project.
In addition Pete, Chuck and Christine have posted their reports at http://www.uccpasadena.org/uganda.html
To All Nations Christian Care and
To everyone who has made this project a reality!
Everyone loves the stove. A third party comment conveyed back to me from Erute camp was that "the stove is made from magic bricks that glow".
THE BEGINNING OF 10,000