Lubugumu Umea is Government Sponsored Primary School found in Wakiso District in Uganda.
For years the school has used the traditional three-stone firewood cooking stoves to prepare meals for students. When it’s lunchtime, a cloud of heavy smoke coming from the school’s kitchen fills up the air.
This practice has always come with high costs for the school’s environment, affected the health of cooks and students, and a great financial burden for parents and the school.
With Eco stoves in partnership with UpEnergy and its sponsors, the school has now been able to switch to clean and healthier cookstoves.
The stove uses volcanic rocks and only requires about 15% of firewood, the firewood is used as a fire starter for the rocks.
“Since we received the new improved institutional cookstoves from Eco stoves and UpEnergy Uganda things have changed. We are using less firewood, Meals at the school get ready fast and cooks now no longer fight with smoke‘’, explains Mrs. Hajjarah Ssendikadiwa – Headteacher of the school.
The stove has the highest cooking efficiency as compared to other stoves in the market today.
” I am surprised at how fast cooking beans can be using this new stove. with the 3 stones stove, cooking beans for the school would take 4 hours and a great amount of firewood, however, since we received the new stove, within 2 hours beans are ready” Mrs. Shakira Nabatanzi – The female cook explains.