Climate Action Campaign
Brighter Communities Worldwide is very excited to be taking part in a five-day Climate Action Campaign between 19 and 23 April when donations made will be matched at 100% by the GlobalGiving Foundation.
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The funds raised will support more homes across Kericho county to have smokeless stoves to cook on. In Kenya 80% of the population depend on open fires and solid fuel to cook meals for their families with 8.1 million households using wood and 1.3 million households using charcoal.
Reliance on wood means cutting trees, causing de-forestation and flooding leading to landslides and erosion. Wood smoke is contributing to climate change through emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and black carbon or soot.
Every day, families across Kericho County, are risking their health just by getting up and cooking breakfast because the smoke they inhale leads to serious illness including childhood pneumonia, bronchitis and heart disease. Women and children are especially vulnerable.
Three hours is all the time it takes to turn this around with the installation of a smokeless cooking stove that extracts the smoke and burns more safely and efficiently.
Girls and women spend hours each week walking every day to collect and carry heavy bundles of wood to burn on open fires, with girls often missing days of school in order to do so.
Our smokeless stoves are built with bricks, mud, sawdust, water, a tin chimney and most importantly – trained installers. This project will train 52 men and women how to install stoves providing skills that can be used to make a living. 1,250 stoves will be provided to vulnerable households and the materials used are available locally adding to the sustainability of the stoves. As the stove burns more efficiently, impact on the environment is reduced using less wood and causing fewer emissions.
The past year has been especially challenging for Brighter Communities Worldwide and at this stage regular donations would mean so much to the stability of our programmes. Please consider providing vital, long-term support today and donate a monthly gift by choosing the ‘Donate Monthly’ option. After four monthly payments, GlobalGiving will match your generosity by 100% in addition to your 100% match today!