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a backpack full

News – 24 May 2022

Colleagues Robert and Gert visited the cookstove project in India. Robert tells you about his first trip to one of our projects. A backpack full of new energy, experiences and especially gratitude!

"Together with cookstove producer Greenway Appliances and Care India we visited various villages in the region Palghar (north of Mumbai), in Kalahandi and Kandhamal (Odisha, in eastern India).

I was very impressed by the welcome in the villages and the strength of the women and men to take care of each other and the household every day. In addition, I was able to see how big the difference is to cook in the traditional way compared to cooking with the improved cookstoves during the clean cooking camps. Here the cookstoves were demonstrated to the residents of the village as you can see in the photo. On the left you can see the cooking on a cookstove, on the right the traditional way of cooking.

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The women from the village told us that the smoke from the traditional way of cooking causes health problems such as headaches, breathing problems and nausea. I also heard about skin irritation, skin burns, and back and leg pain. Fortunately, these problems diminish with the use of the improved cookstoves. In addition, wood use is reduced by two thirds, cooking is faster and smoke formation in the house is drastically reduced. By using the new way of cooking, there is more time to care for the children and generate additional income through farming and selling crops.

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By talking to the very friendly and hospitable villagers i experienced how important it is to continue our work at FairClimateFund. There are still many families to reach and this visit to India strengthens us to continue investing with companies in cleaner cooking solutions."

Robert Okhuysen

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