|H.-Georg with his hosts Mr. & Mrs. Miriti (left), trainees and Mugo|
|H.-Georg shows a sample of the inner part of the cooker|
|explaining the construction process|
H.-Georg and Mugo went to hardware stores in Chuka to check upon the availability and cost of galvanized metal sheets. In addition, they made several attempts to find a source of affordable offset printing plates in Nairobi. These plates are used to make the inner part of the box cooker.
The technical facilities at the Murugi Training Centre are still very limited. Therefore the manager of the centre, Mugo, Miriti and H.-Georg drove to the Don Bosco School in the town of Embu. The school has well-equipped metal and carpentry workshops and allowed them to use their machines to cut and bend metal sheets for H.-Georg´s demonstrations.
In the long run, however, Murugi Training Centre will need their own equipment to successfully build solar cookers and provide training. Materials need to be stocked so that - once the training starts - several cookers can be produced at a time.
During his stay, H.-Georg joined Mugo and members of the Gaketha group for a Lazola promotion in Isiolo district. The area is semi-arid and hot. Cooking fuel is in high demand and firewood, charcoal and gas are very expensive. So it is not surprising that many people were interested to learn about cooking with the sun. One man wanted to buy the Lazola straight away. He didn´t even bother to enquire about the price of the cooker. But alas, we cannot give away our (so far) one-and-only!
|on the way to Isiolo|
|serving solar cooked food ...|
|... and enjoying it together|
|bags of charcoal at the market|
|roasted goat meat, "nyama choma", is very popular in Kenya|
H.-Georg also visited the Gaketha group and saw some of their projects.
|at the tree nursery|
|Gaketha group members at Mugo´s place|
One day, when H.-Georg and his host were driving up to Gaketha on the road that leads through the Mount Kenya forest he had a rare chance to see elephants. (I am really envious because during all my visits to the place I have only seen the traces they left behind, but never a single animal.)
He also saw the peaks of Mount Kenya which most of the time are hidden in the clouds - signs of welcome to the visitor.
|Mount Kenya - Kirinyaga "God´s resting place" - 5,197 metres|
When H.-Georg got back to Germany he began to look for support and raise funds for the Lazola project.
We are both members of the organizations L-H-L e.V (Lernen-Helfen-Leben / learn-help-live) and Lazola e.V. and very thankful for their advice and support.
On the website of the organization betterplace, H.-Georg set up an appeal for donations. Both of us have approached friends as well as organizations to support the project - and we will continue to promote the use of appropriate solar technologies in Kenya.
|Lazola 4 and Lazola 3 (closed)|
|Lazola 4 and Lazola 3 (open)|
|large Lazola 4|
If you would like to support our Lazola project, the following link will get you to our presentation (in German and English) on the betterplace.org website: