Better Cook Stoves Serve Women and Children

Brothers in the Kitchen

Children around a traditional 3 stone cook stove

Pious with Rocket Stove

An improved cook stove

Traditional 3 stone fires are a leading cause of health problems in developing countries. In areas where they are used, smoke particles and toxic emissions make respiratory disease the 6th leading cause of death and have been shown to affect fetal development. Women and young children who spend the most time around cooking fires are particularly vulnerable. In addition these fires use a lot of wood with consequences  for the environment, the family budget, time for homework and access to education. The Kibale Fuelwood Project works to help address these issues around Kibale National Park through developing alternative fuels and the introduction of fuel efficient, low emission stoves.

A 3 burner fuel efficient stove

Iruhuura student building a 3 burner fuel efficient stove

Now, thanks to the vision of Kasiisi Project teacher Muhimbise Elius and the enthusiasm of his pupils,  the Kasiisi Project is also involved in this important work.  Elius’ very successful  student run programs are bringing Improved Cook Stove technology to all 14 communities we work in. Through our  schools we can reach 8000-10000 children with the potential for  an important escalation in uptake of these stoves around the park, reducing pressure on Kibale Forest and contributing to better health for women and children.





The Rweteera Stove Building Team


To date students from 6 schools  have built over 70 stoves in their communities. In addition Elius has been invited to  bring his students to build stoves in Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger camps and to teach stove building technology to schools and women’s groups outside our program.


The Rusona Women’s Group learning to build improved cook stoves

The Kasiisi Project supports Elius’ work by funding transport, protective clothing, soap and the wooden forms so that builders can make “free” mud bricks. We have also instituted follow ups to check if student built stoves are maintained and in use. Data show that 89% of our student built stoves are still in use as the primary family stove after 12 months – with only 17% needing maintenance.


Smoke filled kitchen from a traditional 3 stone cooking fire



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