The project offers three elements:
- Clean stoves that the women love. Over 4500 clean burning and efficient stoves with chimneys have been installed to date and not one has been abandoned! They let the women cook how they want and need to cook. Teams of women are trained in each village to be the stove and chimney installers. Over 90% of the smoke is taken out of the homes. Having a stove in your home means instead of cooking over a bonfire in an enclosed space, it’s like having a hearth and chimney in a lounge or kitchen. Having clean air is wonderful! Indoor air pollution is a killer. Every fifteen stoves means a child’s life is saved and the number of chronically sick children is greatly reduced. Every stove installed stove saves a woman three tonnes of wood on her back a year! And it means 12 hours a week that can be used for other things, like tending small holdings and growing food for the family. A stove reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by 3.6 tonnes a year and there are local environmental benefits as three tonnes of wood are not being taken from the local area and burnt.
- Solar-powered electrification of homes. ICSEE started by making small solar kits with bulbs and mobile phone chargers available to the Maasai, and now installs solar micro grids which enable all the homes of a Maasai settlement, a ‘boma’, to have a connected solution, drawing light and power from a communal solar panel, connected by buried cables.
- Clean water. Maasai women have to collect 40 to 80 litres of water every day from rain-filled surface ponds. These ponds are polluted with silt and dangerous bacteria. The ICSEE found the way for these women to have safe water at those sources. Chlorination systems that are simple, but modelled after the systems that provide safe water all over the world are built with the villagers at the edge of these ponds using solar-powered pumps to fill sedimentation and chlorination tanks each day. Four systems have been built so far and over 500 families are now enjoying a total of 20,000 litres a day of safe, clean water and its wonderful benefits. You can help many more receive this help.
The leaders work with in a sensitive, appropriate way, organising the work with village leaders and people in each village. The project has been visited four times by the Uhuru torch, which is a symbol of hope love respect and freedom. Established in 1961 by Tanzanian’s then President, Julius Nyerere, the torch annually tours projects to celebrate contributions to Tanzanian society.