Hi. Innocent here again with more briquette news.
Recently, AoC held a briquette demonstration at Rushubi Primary School for the school’s staff members. We are trying to convince them to adapt the briquettes as a source of fuel, rather than firewood and/or charcoal which they are currently using. The demonstration began with Cecile and I setting up two stoves, one on which we boiled water, and the other on which we cooked rice.
We had one of the teachers time the stoves, keeping track of how long it took to boil the water/ cook the rice.
Cecile and I lighting the stoves during the demonstration.
The teachers arrived late and did not look very interested in the demonstration. However, when the stoves were well lit, and the briquettes were burning well with little or no smoke, they stood up to get a closer look. The stoves burned with good efficiency, the water boiled in five minutes! Almost comparable to gas, but definitely better than charcoal.
The rice took about 11 minutes, and it made lunch for one happy teacher.
Teachers finally showing a lot of interest in the briquettes, asking questions and a few said they were completely convinced and would buy the briquettes soon. Let’s hope they keep their word.
A few students from the school who were supposed to go home for lunch stayed for the demonstration. Julie taught them a slogan: Stamp out charcoal, use briquettes! We’ll be giving AoC students at the school a briquette demonstration in our ongoing discussion of protecting the environment and the Volcanoes National Park.
The briquette discussion continues after the demonstration with the school’s director, teachers, and Cecile.
With rumors about schools needing to supply lunches to the students, AoC and Cecile are trying to get ahead of the game by convincing the schools to use fuel briquettes. We will keep you informed on Save the Forests Briquette Initiative.