As we expand our Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove project into new areas, we are reminded that although one of the primary factors we do this project is to help people cook more efficiently thus protecting trees, it is also about making cooking safer too.
For many of these women our Changu Changu Moto brings safety for them and for their children.
One little girl we met was Maggie. We actually met her in Nkhata Bay District where our project started. She was collecting water with her grandmother and was intrigued by our Disabilities and Rehabilitation clinic taking place nearby.
This confident, smiley five-year-old wandered over and sat down with the group. It was then that we realised she needed some help too.
Maggie’s grandmother was caring for her as she had suffered burns to her left arm. Where her mother lives, our cookstove project is yet to be implemented. Playing with her friends, she had tripped over the wood sticking out from the three-stone fire and was burnt by the boiling water that was precariously balanced on top.
As the burn has healed, it has caused a contracture so she is unable to fully extend her arm. Luckily for Maggie though she can be referred for surgery.
Our fuel-efficient cookstoves really are about helping the planet and people.