In May and June, CREATE! Field Technicians held trainings on the construction of improved cookstoves in the communities of Darou Diadji, Mboss, Keur Sarra, and the Ndiayenne neighborhood of Gossas. Hundreds of women participated in these trainings. In the three weeks since the training in Darou Diadji, participants have built more than 69 improved cookstoves!
CREATE! is excited to partner with representatives from the Senegalese Department of Water and Forestry, including Captain Thiam (pictured below), to conduct trainings in the construction of improved cookstoves. The Department of Water and Forestry is strongly committed to forest preservation and believes that CREATE!’s improved cookstoves are an integral part of this conservation effort. These improved cookstoves require much less firewood than traditional open cook fires.
Improved cookstoves also reduce household expenses because firewood lasts three times as long. The enclosed design of CREATE! cookstoves also reduce the risk of fire and injury to children or animals. Cookstoves also have numerous health benefits – they burn cleaner than open fires and cook meals thoroughly, thus lowering the risk of disease.