Suzan went to the village to introduce the healthy and safe kitchens program to the community members and also to guide them in selecting their own committee group leaders who can always coordinate with program.
When she arrived there, she was welcomed by some members who were already at the meeting place. Together they sat down and first exchanged greetings before opening the meeting. The village chairperson opened the meeting with a prayer and then requested each member to first introduce themselves by name and what part of the village they came from.
This was very important because the Kibo staff member needed to know where each member came from so that it would be easy to locate them once the practical work began. Later after each person introduced themselves, the chairperson mr. issabirye requested Suzan to introduce herself and explain the purpose of her visit to the village that day. Suzan got up and first thanked the local leaders for accepting the program and mobilizing the community members for the meeting.
After introducing herself to the community as a Kibo group member from Jinja district, she then introduced the healthy and safe kitchens program to the members by explaining it’s main objectives and goals and how it was going to benefit the community once they embraced it.
Before she went further, Suzan first requested the members to feel free and participate in the lessons because after all they they were all willing to learn from each other different ideas and knowledge of doing things which would help them improve on our daily lives. Suzan first asked what kind of stoves they were using to cook their food and they all said they were cooking on the traditional three stones stoves.
The members talked about several challenges that they were facing while cooking on the traditional stoves such as fire accidents especially the children when sent in the kitchens, half cooked food and too much smoke in the kitchens that even their men couldn’t tolerate when trying to cook together because of too much smoke in the kitchens yet the stoves also took a lot of firewood when cooking on them.
Suzan explained to the members saying how all the challenges they faced would reduce or even go away once they accepted to cook on the new improved fuel efficient stoves.
However that very day, Suzan helped the members to select a small team of committee group members who would coordinate with the program even when Kibo staff members were absent. This was very important because the community or the entire village needed to operate on its own for some time without supervision from Kibo group staffs. The members thanked Suzan for the lessons and new ideas suggested and the meeting came to an end.
2021-04-09 - Purpose: Teaching about materials used for building the fuel efficient stoves and the importance of smearing buildings.
Not yet identified because the program has just started
Program Critical Needs
To empower the community with the skills of building the improved saving stove because the members are cooking on the old traditional stoves
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Other Program Observations
Some homes have got well maintained facilities such as the dish racks, latrines,shower areas and hand washing facilities
Program Expected Of Village
The members should go on improving on their sanitation and hygiene facilities because some of them are not well constructed according to observations
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
To plan for the next meeting
Nawampiti; Suzan introducing the healthy and safe kitchens program to the village members.
The members found cooking on the traditional three stones open flames stoves. They need to be empowered with the skills of building the fuel efficient stoves.