Project information

A new energy-efficient school kitchen

The construction of an eco-kitchen with energy-efficient stoves at a primary school in rural Kenya to improve delivery of the school lunch programme and reduce the impact of firewood use on the local environment.

3 months

Charity information: African Promise

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  • Need


    The existing kitchen at Makwasinyi Primary is wholly inadequate to meet the demands of preparing food for more than 400 pupils, with a severe lack of cooking and storage space

    Not only that, its use of traditional open wood fires is dangerous, inefficient and uneconomical. By cooking in this way, the school consumes more than 20 tonnes of locally collected firewood each year - a practice which contributes heavily to local deforestation and associated environmental damage.


    We plan to construct a new, much larger, eco-kitchen at the school, as we have done previously at a number of our other partner schools.

    The kitchen will be fitted with a number of stainless steel energy-saving stoves in a range of sizes which can reduce firewood consumption by up to 75%.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce firwood use by up to 75%.


    » Installation of energy-efficient steel cooking stoves which minimuse use of firewood.

    We will monitor and measure the use of firewood in the new kitchen and compare it to data collected from the existing kitchen.

    Aim 2

    Improved storage of food


    » Creation of a clean and secure storage area within the kitchen.

    We will compare food wastage levels before and after completion of the kitchen.

    Aim 3

    To create a healthier and safer working environment for the school cooks.


    » Installation of enclosed stoves, which reduce smoke emissions into the kitchen and risk of injury as a result of exposure to naked flames.

    We will collect anecdotal, qualitative feedback from school cooks regarding improvements to their health and well-being.

  • Impact


    Although the stoves do not eliminate entirely the use of firewood, we believe that they offer a more viable and practical solution when compared to other alternative low-energy/carbon technologies such as Biogas or solar cookers: they require limited technical know-how to operate, are not dependent on the sourcing of methane emitting waste materials or on sunlight, and are also capable of generating sufficient heat to cook large quantities of food.


    We do not believe there are any risks associated with this project.


    We will produce an end-of-project report including photos of the new kitchen.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,274

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,550 Materials Construction materials
      £1,274 Labour Wages of builders and labourers
      £2,810 Stoves Energy-efficient stoves
      £640 Admin & transport Project management & implementation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Open Gate Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Kasigau, Kenya.


    The project will benefit the population of Makwasinyi Primary School, which currently numbers 400+ pupils.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have experience of implementing such projects and have successfully completed the construction of eco-kitchen at three other schools in the area in which we operate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Coldman

    Charles, our Director, will be responsible for planning the project in partnership with the head teacher and other stakeholders, and for fundraising.

    Denis Mwanyiro

    Denis has been our Programmes Manager since 2008. He has overseen a number of major construction projects across all our partner schools.

Cook using an eco-stove

Cook using an eco-stove