Suzan, Tape and Jessica went to the village to teach the community about the materials that will be used for building the energy saving stoves and also to practically demonstrate how to chop the grass into tiny pieces which will be mixed with the dirt.
When they arrived there, they found that it had rained heavily in the previous night whereby the ground was wet and most members were still in their gardens digging while others were just coming back all looking tired and soaked with dirt!
Kibo staff sat at the meeting place with a few members in the church and waited patiently for other members to gather. Later on the members came with some materials such as the grass and pangas which were going to be used for demonstration purpose.
Suzan opened the meeting with a prayer and thanked the members for gathering, then informed them how the whole activity was going to be carried out. She explained the importance of each material for building the stove and which could easily be found within their community environment such as the water,hoes,pangas,grass,banana stems,saucepans and the termite dirt.
Tape then picked a handful of grass, placed it on a piece of wood and slowly began demonstrating how to chop the grass into small pieces as the members watched.
This was very important to the members because they needed to know how to hold the grass and panga carefully without cutting their fingers.
Each member was then given a chance to practice how to chop the grass which was also good. Tape requested those who had learnt how to chop the grass that day to go ahead and teach others who were not present at that time.
Jessica thanked all members for participating in the lessons and encouraged them to keep practicing how to chop the grass together whenever they found free time until they made at least two sacks in preparation for building the first demonstration stoves. She also asked them to always come to the meetings a bit early so that they could find time to do other things later on their own since the healthy and safe kitchen program would benefit them all in their community.
Kibo staff then informed the members of the next activity that would be carried out in the next meeting and together they agreed on the date and time. The meeting finally came to an end with a prayer from one of the community members and they wished Kibo staff a safe journey back home.
Some members are smearing their houses
Program critical needs
They need skills for building the stoves
Observed program ownership
A few village groups were formed
Other program observations
Expectations of village
Continue cutting the grass
To plan and prepare for the next meeting
Next Visit: 2019-05-02 - Purpose: Guiding the participants in selecting their own committee leaders
Kibo staff demonstrating to the members how to chop the grass that will be used for building the stove
One of the community members practicing how to chop the grass while others watch, as Kibo staff also explains the whole process.