DelAgua Tubeho Neza Programme VIP Field Visit 9th December 2020
The distribution was followed by a visit to the village to see the stoves in use. Although the households had only had their stoves for a day or two they had all adapted easily from their traditional three stone fire. They told us that the stoves were much quicker to cook with, used much less wood, and produced much less smoke so their eyes didn’t get sore and their nose and throat did not hurt. In fact it was difficult to tell if some stoves were actually alight as there was no smoke was visible.
On completion of our programme to 2 million rural Rwandan households, one of the largest of its kind in the world, we will be reducing carbon emissions by over 4 million tons annually. Juliet and her team from REMA and Teddy and her team from FONERWA were impressed by having seen the scale (over half a million stoves distributed), the technology and the impact of the project- “an amazing programme touching people’s lives”. We are looking forward to working closely with them and the British High Commission so that together we can make an even bigger impact on climate change, a key focus for CHOGM 2021, as well as improving the daily lives of the Rwandan people.