Kilimanjaro: Environment and Health Sustainability
Description: A big number of families still have traditionally cooked their meals on the ground in the house over an open flame. As a traditional house usually has only one room, the whole house is filled with smoke before and after meals. As a result, acute respiratory and eye diseases are a significant problem for women and children. Additionally, this traditional form of cooking requires large amounts of firewood, which puts pressure on the Mount Kilimanjaro forest and is thus a major contributor to climate change. This project is therefore working towards initiatives to reduce pressure to the forest through promotion of healthy and energy serve stoves.
Type of Work: Volunteers are expected to engage in the following activities: -Building and Installation of stoves: - Working with locals to build and install simple energy serves stoves in their households. The stoves will be built in few house as demonstration for the rest of the community learn and implement in their homes. The technology is very simple and volunteers will receive training on how to do it. Community Tree nursery: Assisting in establishment and management community tree nursery. This will involve collecting of indigenous trees seeds, medicinal plants and herbs to create a demo plot for educational purpose. Community support: Assist in visiting senior women especial those who have been affected by the old way of cooking and support their home activities. (Home-based care).
Accommodation: Meals: Three meals will be provide each day at the accommodation including vegetarians. We will have kitchen volunteer responsible in meals preparations, however volunteers shall also be expected to help in meals preparation and dish washing. Accommodation: At the communal house in the community. Rooms will be shared between 3-4 people, no bed but mattress on the floor (Comfortable enough). Water and electricity will be available. No washing machine available.
Language: English, Kiswahili
Requirements: Qualities: Potential volunteer in this project shall the one who is interested in Nature and conservation actions. You need to be a person who want to work outdoor, getting dirty and enjoy touching the soil and be friend with trees and other plants. Motivation letter should respond for example to the question: Why would you like to participate to this project?
Approximate Location: The project will take place in a small community called Marangu, located along the sloops of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the Northern Tanzania. This community is located about 50km from the Capital of Kilimanjaro, Moshi. The place is accessible by both private and public transport; social facilities like hospital, Banks, post office, shops, and Internet/Cyber café s are accessible.
Notes: Saturdays, Fridays and Public holidays are considered free time for volunteers to explore what the regions can offer them in term of cultural and natural attractions.
Volunteers are expected to join activities for about 6-8 hours a day. Sometimes is very flexible and it can be less or more. We will have 3 hours lunch break between morning and afternoon activities.