Protecting a vanishing species and culture
In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we protect the gorilla’s habitat and the Batwa people with our stove program.
The demand for natural resources has backed the mountain gorilla into an inescapable corner. With too little space for more than a few hundred to exist, gorilla populations have shrunk to highly unstable numbers. Our fuel-efficient stoves help curb the effects of human expansion on their forest.
Our Ugandan stove building crew is led by three Batwa women who have spread awareness about the health and environmental benefits of our stoves to the entire community. We aim to empower the Batwa, a people who were removed from their forest home in the 90’s and left with neither property nor hope.
OUR IMPACT TO DATE
We have built over 400 stoves in the region surrounding the mountain gorilla’s habitat. Currently, we are not building any new stoves in the region, but our stove building team is committed to maintaining our existing stoves and we are working on updating our stove design. We will commence building stoves as soon as possible.