Suzan went to the village to teach the community about the materials needed for building the fuel efficient stoves and the importance of smearing the buildings always. When she got there, she went to the meeting place and found some group members already at the meeting place waiting.
She was warmly welcomed and together they sat down and exchanged greetings then the chairperson opened the meeting with a short prayer. Suzan stood up and thanked the members for coming to the meeting and then she explained to them the lessons they were going to learn and discuss about. She requested each member to listen attentively and also try to participate in the discussions such as asking questions which would help them learn easily.
Suzan started by explaining the main materials to be used for building the fuel efficient stoves such as dirt from the anthill, water, two old saucepans, hoes,shovels, basins and baskets for fetching dirt, banana stems and the grass. She also told them how all the materials were easily available within their community and none of them was for sale. Each person would be able to find all the materials freely before receiving a stove.
The members were also requested to always work together as a team when looking for some materials such as the grass which needed time and was scarce in some areas of the village. The other lesson that Suzan talked about was the importance of smearing the buildings. Surprisingly when Suzan asked questions concerning smearing, most members knew the importance of smearing their kitchens and other buildings while others had already smeared them according to observations.
Some of the reasons they gave for smearing were; chasing away mosquitoes and other insects from entering the houses, it also reduced dust because most houses were built with dirt. Smeared houses looked much more cleaner than the unsmeared ones. The healthy and safe kitchens program required each one to smear their houses especially the kitchens before receiving a stove and also to put up the high risen firewood storages.
Later after the discussions, Suzan walked around a few homes while looking at different facilities. In the process, she identified that some buildings were neatly smeared and some kitchens had firewood storages in them. She thanked all the members for attending the meeting that day and planned to demonstrate how the grass was going to be chopped into small pieces in the coming meeting.
2021-04-14 - Purpose: To demonstrate how to chop the grass into small pieces.
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Program Critical Needs
To encourage more men to participate in the program implementation
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Other Program Observations
Some hygiene and sanitation facilities are well maintained in some homes.
Program Expected Of Village
Continue smearing their houses and kitchens as they also look for the right grass for building stoves.
Program Staff Preparations Next Visit
Plan for the next visit
Nawampiti. Kibo staff walking through some of the well smeared buildings in the village.
Nawampiti. A kitchen well stocked with dry firewood on its storage. These are some of the requirements needed before getting a fuel efficient stove.