Cooking-bags in Cameroon
Situation in Cameroon
In rural and suburban areas of Cameroon, people have no or only occasional access to electricity. Therefore cooking with firewood is common. Especially for women and children, this means that they have to travel long distances to collect firewood and then spend a lot of time preparing food on the three-stone fire. The harmful smoke produced by burning wood on the traditional stoves causes serious health problems for women and children in the house. Climate change and the overexploitation of local wood resources additionally endanger the livelihoods of the population.
Pro Climate International (PCI), partner organization of Bread for the World, is counteracting this with an innovative climate protection project: 6,000 families are receiving energy-efficient cooking bags, the so-called "Wonderfulbags".
The target group of the climate protection project includes families in rural households as well as households close to the city in western and southwestern Cameroon. A baseline study conducted in 2015 showed that 95% of households in this region use firewood as their primary energy source for cooking.
"By implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, we want to improve the living conditions of the people in our communities, but also contribute our modest efforts to fight global warming". Pro Climate International (PCI)
Advantages of the energy-efficient cooking bags "Wonderfulbag”
With the energy-efficient cooking bags, the families consume about 60% less firewood and thus contribute directly to the protection of the forests. The health-damaging smoke, which is caused by burning wood on a three-stone fire, is reduced. Instead of spending hours every day collecting firewood and then preparing food, the children can now go to school. Women also gain valuable time which they use to cultivate their fields or to pursue other economic activities. Another advantage: Since families have to buy less firewood they reduce their expenses.
Pro Climate International is a Cameroonian non-profit association created in 2009. It has a double mission to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere while improving living conditions of underprivileged people. Each of our projects has an environmental and social wing. While promoting the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in rural and urban households of Cameroon, we are also educating the local population on the best ways to preserve nature. We are Pro Climate but particularly Pro Humanitarian.