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.

  • A mud chulah holds a much deeper significance in the
    2 weeks ago by smokelesscookstove_team A mud chulah holds a much deeper significance in the lives of homes who still use them for cooking! It represents culture, food and it's taste, cooking behaviours, traditions and native practices. It is a symbol of a family unit spearheaded by woman who is the master of the kitchen! Our  #smokelesscookstoverevolution  program is an effort to simply improve the efficiency of mud chulah and making it as Smokeless as possible using the principal of Rocket Stove Technology. This does not take away the essence of food being cooked on a mud chulah but surely provides relief to the women
  • Khor is a beautiful village with a small population of
    2 weeks ago by smokelesscookstove_team 'Khor' is a beautiful village with a small population of about 250 people in 50 house holds! Falling under Shahpur tensil in Thane, it's interestingly located on the foothills of Mahuli fort! Being a hilly area, these villagers grapple with the issue of water supply as the rain water flows away and they are unable to store it. Since they are completely dependent on a good monsoon for the entire year, these Thakur tribes are already looking nervous about the impending water shortage and a below average monsoon prediction. We will be working in this village for the next three
  • We started our Smokeless Cookstove training program at Khor village
    2 weeks ago by smokelesscookstove_team We started our Smokeless Cookstove training program at Khor village in Shahpur, Thane! Our lead trainers  @ralph_sirius  and  @mukundarpanashram_  were able to swiftly go through the donut making process with the village women as these women are super excited for our smokeless mud chulahs! Inspite of extremely high temperatures, we were able to prepare the building blocks for 6 chulahs within a matter of few hours! Clearly, any kind of social impact solution can be effective if there is participation and acceptance from the beneficiary communities.  #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #ngo   #maharashtra 
  • Our donut factory is up and running in the villages
    6 days ago by smokelesscookstove_team Our donut factory is up and running in the villages of Dediapada, Gujarat! We are hoping to see our Smokeless chulahs burning smokelessly for these Vasava tribes residing in Narmada district in the state of Gujarat. This project is being executed in collaboration with Sparsh Trust and Jeevan Tirth, grass roots NGO based in Gujarat.  #ngo   #smokelesscookstoverevolution   #Gujarat   #diy 
  • We were able to install 4 chulas at the end
    1 week ago by smokelesscookstove_team We were able to install 4 chulas at the end of second day at Khor village. Lots more house holds have kept their donuts ready and we will return to the village after a week to help them install these chulas. Our plan is to make sure that every house in this village gets a Smokeless chulah before the monsoons. We need passionate volunteers to help us with this work. If you are a Mumbai or a Thane resident, do write to us if you wish to volunteer on this project. Visit our website to check the volunteering opportunities or

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


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