| Boiling Point No. 22 - August 1990 |
Cooking To Conserve
Emily Willingham, Bellerive Foundation
An Energy Conservation Education Service produced by Bellerive with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation is being introduced into Upper Primary Home Science Classes in Kenya. The following extracts are taken from the booklet produced for Kenya and containing details of the service, the method of use and copies of the lesson plans, teachers notes and hand out material for each of the seven lessons. As can be seen from the contents list, it is about fuels, fires and cooking methods - it is not a cookery book.
The preface and introductions explain the aims of the series, the method of use and the material provided. For example, the first lesson "Trees and Wood: Roots for the Future" has the Objective: Lessons will explain the importance of trees and therefore why we need to conserve them. This is followed by a lesson plan, teachers notes and instructions for an outdoor walk, a story with questions and an 8 page cartoon hand-out (obtainable separately). Below is a reproduction of the last page.
The series has just been produced and we look forward to hearing how it is received by teachers and children. It clearly represents a lot of hard work by all concerned and could be of great-help to any country wishing to teach its children (and teachers) the importance of fuel conservation and how they can play their part.
For further information, please contact Bellerive either at PO Box 42994 Nairobi, KENYA or PO Box 6, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland.
We have also received a copy of the No: 1 edition of the Bellerive Bulletin - Nairobi.
A Message From Keyo Women's Group, Western Kenya, to BP Readers
by Joyce Onyando, Group Chairwoman; Wilkister Odago, Group Secretary; Rose Ochuka, Pottery Secretary
Keyo Women's Group (KWG) was registered under the Ministry of Social Services in 1984. It is a member of Kanu Maendeleo Ya Wanawake (Kenya Women in Development) and works in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, KENYA, ITDG/GTZ and many others. It has 28 members.
The group has several projects, including farming, handicrafts, pottery, tailoring, and the Posho mill. The group has a Chairwoman, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
We uplift the standard of living of its members and others within the community by engaging in self-help projects.
We also strive to cultivate a harmonious relationship among members and between us and other groups by exchanging ideas and skills.
We readily support fellow members in times of problems e.g. bereavement, sickness, and with manual work.
History of the Pottery Stoves Project
The pottery section was started a few months after the group was set up because most members had pottery skills. They lacked technical advice until a relative introduced us to CARE/KENYA in 1984. CARE trained ale the members to make ceramic liners for the Kenya Ceramic Jiko (KCJ).
By 1985 only a few members were still making them due to marketing problems. But in October 1986 a member attended a Regional Stove Workshop in Nairobi and met Dr Agnes Klingshirn of GTZ and invited her to our group.
Dr Agnes Klingshirn demonstrated how to make Maendeleo ceramic liners and to install them in a mud coating. She also introduced us to Vivienne Abbott (ITDG) in 1987. From then the pottery rose from its death point. She and Alice Ligunya of KENGO arranged training for the members in marketing, assembly (both KCJ and Maendeleo portable stoves with their claddings), and installation of the Maendeleo fixed stoves.
With Vivienne, KWG has achieved the following:
- High production and a market for our pottery.
- Training on book-keeping, assembly, market research, and how to produce the very best products.
- Publicity through the media, sign-boards, pamphlets, and displays at exhibition shows (for which we have received a first prize).
- Repairs to our workshop after the roof was blown off by the wind.
- A shaded stall within the Municipal Market, where stoves can be displayed for marketing and advertisement.
- Connections with other groups and a new Luo-speaking, ITDG Project Officer called Josephine Mutugaywa.
ITDG sends us publications, posters, and Boiling Point.
We thank Miss Abbott for the generous and industrious ways she has shown to Keyo Women's Group.
We continue to be self reliant and now help our husbands and relatives pay school fees and buy clothes, and take part in home making which creates good harmony with our mothers at home.
We are really looking forward to developing various aspects of our group work further. We appeal to friends, well wishers, organisations and donors who can call on us, or help us with technical or any other kind of assistance. In particular, we need advice about how to transport our products.