Making an Energy-saving Stove is another great 'African Gardens' project to have fun with. This special stove design helps African families burn less wood, and is also a nifty way to heat up soup or a chilli outdoors. In many African countries, if you've got no gas or electricity for cooking, burning wood on an open fire may be your only choice. But open fires use a lot of wood, which takes a long time to collect and damages the local environment. These open fires are often 'three stone' fires, where: most of the heat escapes around the sides of the pot; smoke fills the kitchen and children often stumble and fall into the fire.
'Each year, about 2 million people worldwide die prematurely from smoke inhalation from cooking fires.'
World Health Organisation
The Energy-saving Stoves that Send a Cow uses in its training need only one third of the wood that an open fire uses, take harmful smoke away from the kitchen and are safer for children - saving trees, time and people's health. There is a noticeable difference in the amount of trees still growing around Send a Cow families’ houses compared to communities without fuel saving stoves. More trees mean that their soils will be less likely to wash away in a flood and in extreme cases, ground cover by trees and bushes can prevent mud and landslides.

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