by  Deepa Parameswaran  | Feb 4, 2019 |

  • by smokelesscookstove_team 2 weeks ago
    It's so black that it serves as her child's black board (Swipe right) Imagine how her lungs might be looking. These are the black soot soaked walls in a few homes at Bhurikan pada, Aarey because of the use of traditional chulahs made of bricks. Through our ongoing Smokeless Cookstove Foundation's training program, and use of Rocket Stove Technology based mud chulahs, we hope to bring some relief into the lives of these adivasi community.  #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #aarey 
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 3 weeks ago
    Our Smokeless Cookstove training program at Bhurikan Pada, Aarey colony got off to a great start with almost 30 adivasi women coming out to learn the process of making these zero cost mud based smokeless chulas based on Rocket Stove Technology. They made almost a 100 donuts in three hours. Our poster wall of communication became a highlight as the kids flocked to read all important messages written on the wall...looking forward to day 2 as we start the process of assembling the chulahs.  #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #aarey 
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 2 weeks ago
    It's about time we make better choices for this world to become a better place. It's not just also means every single being... #inittogether  Photo courtesy  @rhea .gupte Shot during  #smokelesscookstoverevolution  workshop at Bundelkhand
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 2 weeks ago
    In times of social distancing and maintaining absolutely high standards of personal and community hygiene, our thoughts are with the ones who are living through marginalized conditions and live through day to day livelihood...with already non existent basic amenities like food, water basic healthcare and electricity, how would these communities grapple with the situation?  #cleanenergy   #cleancooking 
  • by smokelesscookstove_team 3 weeks ago
    We started our prep for Smokeless Cookstove Revolution training program at Bhurikan Pada, Aarey colony which kick starts tomorrow! With help from a few community volunteers, we have soaked mud piles in water to prepare for tomorrow...Soil for these chulas have been sourced from Karjat in Raigad district as our pada does not have clayey soil which is preferred for the construction of these chulas! We'll keep this space updated with day wise progress of our training program. Our volunteering opportunity for this project is still open. So you could DM us or write to us at admin @smokelesscookstovefoundation .org  #thisisaarey   #smokelesscookstoverevolution 
  • Imagine all the people,
  • Sharing all the world
  • You may say I’m a dreamer
  • But I’m not the only one…

There’s Nitisha too and many more who I would like to know of in this beauty of life! We both primarily bond on this common interest to share and care and give it all to the society apart from love for nature, music and treks. We both bonded on a study proposal on Sustainable solutions for United Nations written by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. That was the year 2013. We both have adopted this study in our real lives too. Though I have carried my approach from a commercial fashion designer to offering sustainable solutions via fashion hers has been of a more courageous one. From a hoity corporate job to full on Sustainable work. She has taken on Smokeless Cookstove Revolution(SCR), the calling of her life.

Whenever we meet she always leaves me inspired with the stories of this revolution. Those definitely were fair ideas left to my imagination of how her zeal and hard work has expanded in various towns. Although she has asked me to volunteer for her foundation earlier it was only when she took responsibility of nearby zillas (Shirpada, and Fardepada) around Mumbai, I jumped to work around my schedule to give my complete all with the SCR dream. After all I love the forests and yes I heal with the green.

We being city bred, it’s impossible to fathom the challenges of the rural world. I had a fair share of idea how the work done Smokeless Cookstove Foundation was conserving forests in a big way but little did I know the kind of magnanimity it is for the women of rural India. I still can’t believe the amount of time, usually around five hours-that involves in just collecting wood (which is usually found at Forests nearby) and getting back. It is the collected wood not less than 30kgs that is mounted on each of these women’s head and walked for about three hours on an average everyday towards home. I being an asthanga yoga student for years, the experience that each of their spine undergoes remains surreal to me. The ordeal doesn’t end there. Here each of us who have only seen cooking as an art and personally for me as a process to relax, they have unimaginable stories to share. The smoke that’s a part from cooking on chula leads to watering eyes, neck and spine problems, headaches, coughing and extreme health hazards. These are all 100% collective response of all women. In one case one women had fainted and lost all her fingers due to the Chula.

One special mention will be Anna, like his name he seems the village totally respects him and he too feels responsible towards the whole village. Although SCR is a project where every owner of the chula hand makes it for themselves, here we saw Anna influencing and spearheading the making of chulas for the entire village. I felt privileged to have met a person like Anna, a pure hearted soul, a rarity today. At various places there were LPG stoves that were present an initiative by the recent government. The process though seems to impossible affair owing to the extreme costs and difficult of availability to these rural places… The LPG remains a distant dream. As Suzy Kassem said ‘understanding other cultures build bridges’. It is the fastest way to bring the world together. SCR is truly that bridge before LPG becomes the reality for cooking at all homes of India. Smokeless Chula is a total solution not alone for the conservation of forests but also the health and  longevity of women of rural India. The technique to construct one is at a zero cost and amount of wood is reduced to 70% almost and yes its SMOKELESS !

I have truly experienced the happiness that the women who have adopted the smokeless chulah designed by Nitisha’s NGO, for cooking. Their gleams on faces speaks volumes of joy that they would have never thought was possible. The girls who have grown up to these women have known this is the way and nothing better. At the end of Fardepaada trip I too felt encouraged how solutions when directed can bring impactful happier world.

The film presents a project in Nyanza province, Kenya, where improved cook stoves have been introduced to subsistence farmers.

  • Picture Credits - SCF Team

About Deepa Parmeswarn

Deepa is a conscious fashion designer upscaling and donning clients of Leya with handwoven handspun stylish bespoke wear. She has showcased a sustainable range for a trade show in Italy. She has dressed up ladies at glam events like derby in conscious wear and have been caught by Getty. Prior to this she has styled various movies and commercial and has also dressed up the Hindujas, Danis of Asian Paints, Shahs of Sumer Builders etc @ Badasaab. She has handled export projects for various other companies as well. She will be soon launching her own conscious brand under the name Leya. You can see her work on her Instagram account @leyatale