Help create sustainability for those in need!
A while back I met a wonderful inventor, who is involved in a local rotary club, who created a portable hydraulic press used to manufacture briquettes called the Peterson Briquette Press. A briquette is a biomass of shredded paper, saw dust, dried leaves, water, and other natural resources that would then be used (instead of charcoal or firewood) to fuel cooking sessions.
PCwS Uganda has started a training and production facility in Jinja. This allows for hands-on training for orphanages, etc.
As an alternative source to charcoal, each orphanage will be able to prepare their own briquettes and sell the extras to their communities. It takes one day to collect the necessary
ingredients; one day to process & manufacture; & 3 days to dry. Each orphanage, if properly trained, can have a positive cash flow within 7 days of starting the briquette project.
It has taken me 9 years of working on projects in Uganda to find something like this to introduce on a mass scale to orphanages (and possibly to orphanages in neighboring countries).
The first video below shows James, of PCwS Uganda, making briquettes from start to finish. The second shows some of the widows supported by PCwS making briquettes and how they are used to cook.