Bringing stoves to the Ngorongoro Highlands is a new action for the conservation authorities. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania’s most renowned wildlife conservation area.
The agencies involved in conservation and wildlife support have come to realize that it’s crucial to also provide life-improving resources for the people living near their preserves.
Not only do these families need to be headed toward a better life for themselves, but the new resources reduce the pressure people put on the surrounding wildlife areas, as a result.
Last month we told you about the organizations involved with the Serengeti, and now we are very pleased to update you about this region.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority provides funds to the Ngorongoro Pastoralist Council, the elected representatives of the people living in eleven wards and more than twenty thousand households in the Conservation Area. The Council is now working with us to bring stoves to the area in large numbers.
Forty women from the Conservation Area have already come to the town of Mto wa Mbu for training by expert women from the villages of Mungere, Baraka, and Losirwa where hundreds of stoves are already installed.
Project Trainers will soon go up to the Ngorongoro Highlands and complete the training in the women’s own villages. The new trainees will then install the stoves in the homes in their own villages.We will ship the materials for the expanded stove installation. These include fireboxes and bricks from our area, added to local materials from the Highlands.
Distributing and installing stoves requires funding beyond what the households can pay. It is particularly good when these added funds come from Tanzanian agencies.
This is a meaningful form of sustainability that we are especially happy to see.
Sustainability doesn’t mean people don’t need assistance. It can mean that the assistance they need is finally being provided by the government, as it recognizes the genuine need as well as the quality and value of what is being provided.