By Ngo Quoc Dung, CWS Vietnam Country Representative.
“It’s amazing! We can now make it!”. This is the feedback from some young people who joined in a recent CWS-led technical training to learn how to build reduced-smoke stoves.
Several months ago, CWS partners in Than Uyen district invited colleagues from Plan International, Live & Learn, and their local partners in Sin Ho district to visit a school that had built reduced-smoke stoves in its kitchens. The visitors seemed to be impressed with the stoves, and even said they wanted to build similar stoves in their schools. But then we heard nothing, and my CWS colleagues and I felt the lost opportunity.
However, just recently, our plans for skill-sharing were realized as 31 builders and teachers from Sin Ho were trained to build stoves using the CWS model and our partners’ and staff expertise.
When the training ended, the Plan International Provincial Program Manager said this: “We are very grateful for this great support from CWS. Thanks for sending your skilled builders and staff to teach us here in Sin Ho. Now we do not just see and hear about these stoves; we now know how to build them! The three stoves we built together during the training will help save firewood and cooking time. They will also help create a healthier environment for nearly 700 school children. This successful start will make us more confident in building 16 more stoves for other schools in the district”.
CWS is proud that cooperation with Plan and their local partners will benefit many more children in Sin Ho district in the coming year, just as continuing CWS efforts, which are made possible by the ELCA, will benefits many more children where we work.
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