Communities in Kasungu District have expressed gratification towards Maeve Project for its environmental resilience efforts rendering to the community for mitigating climate change.
The project whose mission is to promote energy conservation, and technology has seen the communities adopting the utilization of renewable energy through capitalizing affordable clay made stoves and solar energy which has facilitated climate resilience in the district.
The chairperson of Chiwamba Group Zione Chalera from Lilongwe District said the stoves have improved their livelihood and preserve the environment in the district.
“This stove saves firewood because we only cut few tree branches and not the whole tree since it gains heat fast. Besides that the project is helping in preserving the environment,” Chalera said.
The Maeve Project Programs Manager Tendai Chambati said the organization is geared to ensuring that every Malawian adapts use of clean technologies to curb challenges facing the environment in the country.
“Weather has been affected by climate change and mostly because of the materials being used for energy. But solar energy is clean and cannot harm ozone layer that’s why people are encouraged to use renewable energy because it is health, and does not damage ozone layer,” Chambati said.
The project, however, is also concerned with increased deforestation for firewood charcoal burning practice, hence, promoting use of convenient and affordable Chitetezo Mbaula.
“Most of the trees have been cut for charcoal burning and this is why we are encouraging people to use Chitetezo Mbaula, which, with only three sticks of firewood can manage to cook a meal. This can help to conserve the environment by not cutting too many trees,” he said.
He commended the response from communities for adopting the use of renewable energy. He said,” we have been pleased that Malawians are able to appreciate the use of clean energy homes”.
Maeve Project is a Malawian local non-governmental organization, a member of Global Alliance for clean Cook stoves as well as the national Cook stove Steering Committee of Malawi.