The Aheu Dit Women Group http://aheudit.blogspot.com/ is based at Kan Ajak village, Awiel East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Southern Sudan. It was established 5 years ago.
The group runs several projects which includes a Nursery and Primary School.
These schools, and all the schools that have got a WFP feeding program, use fire wood. That means that somebody has got to collect that firewood. So, children are instructed to carry a piece of firewood at least twice a week. Failure to abide by the rules leads to punishment, so fear of this means that the children will cut any branch along the way to school.
During early 2012 (January to march) a program to train women how to make briquettes has been set-up and delivered by James Ochieng, who also works with The Hut of Orphans of Kenya http://thehookenya.blogspot.com/
The first step for us is to ban the use of firewood in our school.
A pilot program at the center will train as many Women as possible. This will lead into development of stoves that use briquettes for the schools. Samples were developed in Wao, South Sudan, using high quality dry leaves, which are abundant during the dry season.
The group has an average of 271 registered women in Awiel East County alone. 70% of these women collect firewood for sale at the market. 100% of homes use firewood for cooking. An alternative fuel can provide relief for the women and children and a better income opportunity, while minimizing deforestation effects.
Video of World Women’s Day 2011 with Aheu Dit Women Group - http://youtu.be/txDLAT3E7B0
Follow the project progress on the Aheu Dit blog, above, or keep an eye out on here, for updates.