Malawi

Cookstoves for Kids

This project provides schools and orphanages with clean cookstoves that are healthy for students, save money for local communities, and reduce deforestation in Malawi.

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How it works

Each stove uses 75% less wood than a traditional fire saving tonnes of CO₂ emissions. Malawi is among the world’s least developed countries and deforestation rates are extremely high, so this project could spark much-needed change saving trees that absorb harmful greenhouse gases. The goal is to install stoves in more than 1,000 schools that will feed hundreds of thousands of students while reducing CO₂ emissions from traditional ways of cooking. That’s what we call a positive development.

Benefits
  • Currently serves 327,000 students in schools
  • Creates monetary savings by reducing wood consumption
  • Ensures healthily-cooked meals for kids
  • Saves times for school and orphanage employees and parents
Challenges
  • Requires consistent funding to expand the project to new communities
  • Needs ongoing monitoring and improved systems of maintenance

Who it helps

The forests of Malawi, the planet and kids. Every penny counts in Malawi, and your donation will support the building of cookstoves that save schools money so they can buy books and supplies. Students will benefit from improved classroom conditions, cleaner air and delicious meals.

Happy Students, Happy Planet

Mai Aisha is a home for 225 orphaned children in Malawi. After their new cookstove was installed, firewood use was cut in half and the money saved went directly to stuff that really matters such as school supplies. The happy and healthy atmosphere at Mai Aisha is a tribute to the valuable impact that this project has on the lives of young people throughout Malawi.

Why we chose this project

Malawi tops the list of the world’s least developed countries. Among the numerous efficient cookstove projects we have reviewed, this one stands out as an extremely important initiative. Rates of deforestation and the nonrenewable status of woody biomass fuel are extremely high in Malawi (81 percent, source: UNFCCC), hence this project will contribute greatly to conserving the forests while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

-Sid Yadav, CEO Global Offset Research

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