ICSEE’s Maasai Stoves & Solar Project timeline and milestones
Today, the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project is the primary focus of our umbrella organization, the International Collaborative, also known as the International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment (ICSEE).
Here are major events and milestones in our history. We invite you to become part of our future.
1986-87—While teaching physics at the University of Dar es Salaam, during a sabbatical Dr. Lange collaborated with Dr. Mohammed G. Bilal to start the Zanzibar Science Camp Project, a yearly retreat for students and educators based on Lange’s hands-on, inquiry-based science education approach. During that time Lange became aware of life improvement needs in the region.
1992—Lange founded the ICSEE to be able to fund related projects. He advised and funded the Zanzibar Women’s Corporation (ZAWCO) which holds workshops for women’s empowerment, digs wells and latrines in remote villages, and helps women’s groups start businesses such as chicken farms, nurseries, and apiaries.
2003—ICSEE established ZALA, the Zanzibar Land Animal Park, where researchers take residence and school children and teachers come for environmental lessons and exposure to wildlife. In addition to snakes and lizards, the park features a nature trail and breeding ground for the rare miniature Zanzibar antelope. Since that time, Mohammed Ayoub Haji, Park Owner, built and staffed a new pre-school and primary school for the community.
2009—ICSEE was introduced to Maasai way of life and home improvement needs and started Stoves & Solar project in the Monduli Juu villages.
2010—The ICSEE created the model for operations and expansion into new villages, training women’s teams as stove and solar installers.
2010—Introduced and installed first stove designs, incorporating smoke removal and cooking efficiency.
2011—Established factory with four full-time workers and installed hand-operated bending and cutting machines, purchased in Dar es Salaam.
2011—Expanded the project into Nanja, the first Monduli district village beyond the Monduli Juu region.
2011—Women built a stove and demonstrated it at the Nane Nane festival in Arusha, increasing interest in the Project.
2012—Project leaders began collaboration with the Clean Cookstove and Fuel Alliance of Tanzania to formulate a Country Action Plan for Tanzania.
2012—Conducted baseline surveys, kitchen performance tests, efficiency tests, and visits by outside evaluators. Stakeholders meeting held for objective evaluation of accomplishments and to provide data required for certification of greenhouse gas emission reductions. Potential for area expansion reviewed.
2012—Government of Tanzania honored the ICSEE with the Uhuru Torch Award, recognizing the Project’s health and humanitarian accomplishments.
2012—Creation and dissemination of the ICSEE enewsletter, Twende!
2013—Established second Project hub and office in Mto wa Mbu to manage efficient expansion into new villages in the Rift Valley area of Monduli District.
2013—Exploration of continuing design improvements with prototypes placed in selected Maasai homes for field testing and evaluation.
2013—Clean Cookstove Conference in Cambodia invited Project Manager Kisioki Moitiko to present our success and methods of involving and empowering women to stove project implementers.
2013—United Nations Development Program provided funds to bring the Project (including tree planting) to villages in Longido district.
2013—Project expanded to Uganda, working with the Batwa people in Bwindi, Uganda in collaboration with the Ecolife Foundation.
2014—His Excellency, Vice President Dr. Mohammed Bilal of Tanzania visited the Project, commending the work and the Maasai women’s leadership
2014—The African Wildlife Foundation collaborated with the Project for a pilot stove introduction in Imbirikani, Kenya.
2014—Our woman-run corn flour mill opened in Mto wa Mbu in collaboration with CODEGAZ, where Maasai widows earn salaries and stoves for their homes.
2014—Launched pilot project for the establishment of solar-panel powered electrical micro-grids for shared electrical services in Maasai bomas.
2015—Second corn flour mill opened in Monduli Juu
2015—Funds from the German branch of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency underwrote Project expansion into three more villages
2015—Government of Tanzania honored the ICSEE with the Uhuru Torch Award a second time, for finding innovative ways to bring electrical energy to rural areas.
2015—Manager Kisioki Moitiko traveled to the US with a PEER grant supplement and studied the engineering of battery-based solar electric systems at Solar Energy International.
2015—Kisioni Moitiko and Robert Lange spoke at the USAID, the World Bank,and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in Washington DC.
2015-2016—The Putnam Foundation of New Hampshire joined in spreading the benefits of stoves and micro-grids to additional villages.
2015— Rwanda Eye Health Program brings our manager to Rwanda to explore the potential impact of using our smoke-removing stove in their integrated eye health effort.
2015—Our pilot stoves program trains women and introduces stoves in the 11 villages around the remote mountains of Kitobieine and Galai, in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation
2016—Designed and field-test the fourth iteration of our stove, lowering production costs without compromising good features.
2016— Kisioki Moitiko represents Tanzania at the Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative, studies Civic Management at Arizona State University, and meets President Obama.
2016—Consulted with Monduli District Health Office to repair and activate energy systems for the local clinic.
2016—Shared and allocated G-Adventures contribution, funding new homes for women in the participating villages.
2016—Selela village uses G-Adventures earnings to repair the water system.
2016—Brought stove benefits to the people of Sanya Station in collaboration with the Obrien School for the Maasai.
2016—Established Maisha Bora Collaborative Enterprises as a second strand or ICSEE(T) action, starting self-sustaining social enterprises, providing employment and community and environmental benefit.
2016-2017—Undertook engineering and design of mobile pumping systems, useful for small plot irrigation and livestock watering in remote settings.
2017—Introduced Project to Maasai in remote region of Ngarenaibor (west of Longido and at the Kenyan border) connecting a region with little prior interaction with fellow Maasai
2017—Continued research into clean water innovations with a water chlorination pilot project in Mbuyuni
2017—Opened new feedlot in the Rift Valley to explore innovations in livestock management in the face of environmental and social changes