Improve the health of a woman and also save energy by sponsoring an eco-friendly boiling water chula, INR 4850

Tropical Research & Development Centre’s (TRDC) Paryavaran project, which is run in the Western Ghats (Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagalur and Mysore Districts) intends to address the issues of climate change by working in collaboration with local farmers. This is done through regeneration, enrichment of plants in deforested areas, promotion of eco-friendly boiling water chulas, enhancement and restoration of wetlands/ water resources, and conservation of wildlife.

How It Works

• TRDC currently encourages the usage of eco-friendly boiling water chulas to reduce pressure on forest resources.
• An eco-friendly boiling water chula reduces the amount of smoke that collects inside the house, saves time and effort as all kinds of twigs (not just firewood) can be used in it, and makes hot water easily available for use through the day. If constructed along with a bathroom, it helps protect the dignity of women too.
• TRDC's volunteers keep searching for beneficiaries in the project area (which is currently the Uttara Kannada District) and initiate discussions with the local communities on the same.
• The chulas reduce the pressure of village forest ecosystem and enhance the health of women.

The Statistics

• One of the selection criteria for beneficiaries is that their family net income is less than Rs. 50,000/- a year.
• In the year 2013-14, 12 women were supported.
• Carbon emission and firewood consumption has reduced by 50% in the improved chulas.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Grant given as cheque towards Chula construction 4400.00
TRDC volunteers supervision charges and reporting charges for 3-4 days 450.00
Unskilled labour provided by benefeciary 0.00
Unit Price 4850
Total 4850
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Ignite a smokeless Chula and reduce emissions
Smt. Kamalamma Naik is a 50 years old woman farmer residing at Narur village of Sirsi Taluk in Uttara Kannada district. With two brothers, their wives and children, the joint family has totally 10 persons. The family was using traditional chula with clay vessel to heat bathing water. The family needed about 16 cart load of firewood every year. This was a drain on the manpower as well as precious forests of the village.
TRDC educated the villagers of Narur, especially women, regarding wastage of firewood for water heating purpose. It also made them understand the importance of retaining forests to sustain agriculture and livelihood. TRDC showed them alternative and fuel efficient methods that are economically cheaper also. Motivated by this, Smt. Kamalamma constructed a improved chula for water heating.
Smt. Kamalamma is happy about shifting to improved chula. The firewood requirement has come down by 50%. Bio-waste is used as alternative fuel. Hot water is available 24 hours a day. Smt. Kamalamma and her family have satisfaction of saving many trees in the process.

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