Switching from Non-Renewable to Renewable Fuel in Burundi Schools'kitchen
Burundi Quality Stoves' project consists in reducing deforestation, support vulnerable schools and supply affordable, reliable and modern Energy in Burundi, a landlocked country classified as a Least Developped Country.
Burundi losses an average of 5,850 ha of forest (or 2.02%) per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover. In parallel, the annual available amount of renewable biomass, which is not used, is more than 1.3 M. tonnes per year. Currently, the common practice for cooking in most schools consists essentially of using traditional open fire system (3-stone), traditional stoves and old masonery stoves. These stoves are notoriously wasteful with an efficiency level of 10-15%. It is difficul for parents to provide the 2kg of fuelwood per day and per schoolchild needed for the canteen. The project consists in locally-manufacturing institutional improved cookstoves and/or refurbishing former masonry stoves in 284 schools of Burundi and switching from non-renewably logged trees to a sustainable energy supply: briquettes made of renewable biomass. Thanks to the project, children livng in deforested area are no longer afraid to go to school because they do not have cooking wood. the attendance rate rose from 75-85% to 98%.