Cooking stoves

The unsustainable consumption of firewood, used by over 95% of Malawian households who cook their daily meals over rudimentary three-stone open fires, is contributing to the country’s high rate of deforestation. Chitetezo mbaulas are small, portable cooking stoves best described as terracotta pots about the same size as buckets, with a hole in the front for wood to go in and a ledge around the top to rest a cooking pot on. Made locally, mainly by women, they generate less smoke, require 60-80% less firewood than three-stone fires and are much safer to use. Women and girls spend less time collecting firewood and their clothes are better protected from flying sparks, while children are less likely to be injured in accidents and entire families benefit from the reduction in smoke-related respiratory illnesses.

What you could do to help

A donation of £20 would cover the cost of 10 chitetezo mbaulas.

Charitable status

ChildCare Malawi is unable to register with the Charity Commission because our annual income is less than £5,000. However, we are registered as

a Small Charity with HMRC, which entitles us to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.

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