Serendipity in Dharwad

by  | Feb 20, 2018 | Workshops | 0 comments

A theoretical yet powerful phrase – ‘power of an idea’ – can it actually propel us into the direction we intend to travel to? They say that a single moment consists of over 3000 realms of thoughts. And here I was, face to face with one such thought – can we do something?..anything to make this world a better place? The answer for me lay in the thought brought to life by Russell Collins and his project – Himalayan Rocket Stove. And I found myself in Dharwad – a location I knew by my sheer love for Geography (often mocked in school for loving the subject). Idea of double benefit of saving the forest wood for the sake of fuel used in traditional stoves and the deadly indoor air pollution responsible for killing millions of women and children across India and of course globally. I have been romancing the first benefit quiet vividly for a few years through my personal travel experiences into the Himalayan region but the second one – HAP – Household air pollution, has been a shocking revelation. Sitting in our comfortable city homes, or even perfectly endowed resorts, we never really think that women while cooking foods are inhaling the smoke that’s killing them and the children surrounding them. But Russell’s sheer passion about finding a plausible and implementable solution has made me believe that the power of idea holds true. A team got put together by serendipity – a term I have been using pretty often after I quit my high profile corporate job. Me – ex corporate from Mumbai and now an adventure junkie who is only interested in packing bags and setting out…Tanzin, a do-gooder from Manali – I am sure I am connected to him and his family for a few lifetimes since I have often found myself spending time with some or the other member from his family and Rhea – a young dreamer with a heart of gold, well a blogger, creative artist, photographer et all. You can read about her experience by clicking on link below.

Rhea Gupte (The Girl with FUSS, writes about her experience with Smokeless Chulla Workshop In Dharwad)

We set out to do the smokeless chulla workshop based on invitation of Suresh Babu who started communicating with us because of our social media visibility. What was the common thought that bound us all?The give and take between the environment and our lives. We all believe that this relation is the only sacrosanct truth in order for us to create a better future. And for me the most heart-warming indication was the presence of children in our workshop. As Suresh Babu collected the participants, slowly but beautifully everyone’s story emerged. I found myself resonating with people from various walks of life whose objective is to find and sustain alternate living solutions. Harm less and consume less.

  • 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 
  • 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 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
    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

The Smokeless Cookstove Foundation is a Non-profit organisation working towards curbing the problem of Household Air Pollution.


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