NNF began the Kibale Fuel Wood Project in 2006 because 100% of people surveyed around the park said it was a struggle for them to find enough wood. For many, the only alternative was poaching wood from Kibale, which has had tremendous impact on the park and her inhabitants. Efficient stoves are one of the simplest ways to immediately stem deforestation. For similar reasons, NNF began a stove campaign in Northern Vietnam in 2014.
The basic concept of the Rocket Stove is to build an insulated chimney that directs fire and hot air at the cooking vessel. NNF stoves are made from locally available materials like mud, bricks and dung (in Uganda) or cement and rice hulls (in Vietnam), making them affordable to anyone and easily replicable on the local level. On average, families using efficient stoves burn 40% less wood than those with traditional three-stone fires.
NNF’s Community Liaisons work individually with families, training them on construction, maintenance and overall efficiency. In total, NNF has personally assisted in building over 2,500 efficient stoves since 2006. By teaching people how to build the stoves (rather than building for them), individuals are empowered to improve their lives and help wildlife while acquiring the skills needed to repair and teach neighbors how to build their own. Evidencing success of this methodology, a 2017 survey revealed that almost half of the stoves in our target areas were built by community members helping one another – with no NNF staff involvement at all!Click here for step by step instructions