Harriet and Suzan went to kalitumba village to practically teach the community members about the different materials used for building the fuel efficient stoves more especially chopping the grass into tiny pieces. When they arrived there, they found a few members already gathered at the meeting place and among them was their VHT who happily welcomed Harriet and Suzan to their village.
Together they sat down and had a few discussions about the activity that day which was to identify different materials and learn how to chop the grass. This was very important in a way that it enabled the members know that all the materials used were completely free of charge and could be easily found within their community. Harriet talked about materials such as banana stems which would be got from the banana plantations, water, termite dirt from the anthills, the grass, basins and saucepans, pangas, hoes and shovels. The members replied saying that all the mentioned materials were available in their community which would make work easier.
There after, suzan went a head and grabbed a handful of grass, placed it on a piece of wood while holding a panga and slowly demonstrated how to chop the grass into tiny pieces. This amazed the members so much that each one was given a chance to practice how to chop the grass. This was also important because the members needed to master the skill carefully without cutting off their fingers.
Harriet asked the members how long it would take them to fill two sacks of grass in preparation for building the first demonstration stove and they replied saying it would only take them one week once they agreed to work together as a team.
The members also were given opportunity to choose their fellow member whom they felt would be the first to receive a fuel efficient stove, one who behaved well in the community and who would not disappoint them in times of working together.
Kibo staff thanked all the members for participating in the demonstration process and encouraged them to teach other members who failed to turn up that day. The members were so grateful for the lessons taught that day and the meeting finally came to an end after agreeing on the date and time that the next meeting would take place. Kibo staffs then left the village .
Next Visit: 2019-05-20 - Purpose: Building a demonstration stove.
One of the community members practicing how to chop the grass
Kibo staff demonstrating to the community how to chop the grass into tiny pieces.