Suzan went to the village to follow up on the smearing of the houses and to teach the members about the materials needed for building the fuel efficient stoves. When she arrived there, she met some of the members already gathered at the meeting place with their committee group leaders.
She was happily welcomed and then besides them they had already collected samples of the grass meant to be used for building the stoves. Suzan got up and looked at the grass to make sure it was the right one to be used for building the stoves, and she was impressed to find that it was actually the right grass.
She then requested the members to sit in a circle form each person with a panga and I piece of log placed on the floor so that she would demonstrate how the grass was chopped into small pieces. The members followed the instructions carefully as Suzan picked a handful of grass,knelt down and began cutting the grass as the members watched. She also told them to be very careful not to cut off the fingers when cutting the grass since the knives were too sharp.
As the members practiced how to cut the grass together, Suzan also explained to them some of the materials that will be needed for building a fuel efficient stove such as the banana stems which can easily be found in the banana plantations, two old saucepans, dirt from an anthill, basins to take measurements and fetch the dirt, water, jerrycans, hoes and shovels.
All these are available within the community and each person can afford them. This was important because the members needed to know all the materials for building the stoves before they started. Suzan emphasized on smearing their buildings especially the kitchens well roofed with strong walls.
She then visited some members who claimed to have smeared their kitchens and other buildings and found some of them freshly smeared and looked neat. It was suggested that the members chose their fellow members they thought would be the first to receive a stove because its them that knew themselves very well.
Later after, Suzan requested the members to continue cutting more grass and smear their kitchens so that they build a first demonstration stove in the coming week if all goes well. The members agreed to that and thanked suzan for the lessons and the meeting came to an end.
2021-03-31 - Purpose: Building the first fuel demonstration stove.
Not yet identified because the program has just begun.
Program Critical Needs
To teach the members how to build the fuel efficient stoves because all of them were found cooking on the traditional three stones stoves.
Not yet identified because the program has just started.
Other Program Observations
Some of the sanitation and hygiene facilities are well maintained such as the hand washing jerrycans, latrines, dish racks and shower areas.
Program Expected Of Village
Continue smearing their buildings and cutting more grass.
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
Plan for the next visit
Kishaike village: Suzan teaching the members how to cut the grass into small pieces.