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Busy as a Bee

Busy as a Bee

TEWDI uses beekeeping project to teach skills to students. Last year, TCP helped kick start a beekeeping project for the Teso Women Development Initiative (TEWDI), one of our Harvest Fuel Initiative partners.  Betty Ikalany, the director of TEWDI, wanted to use beekeeping as a way to generate income for women in Soroti, Uganda.  Honey and beeswax candles are valuable by-products of the beekeeping enterprise. So far, it has been a year of learning for TEWDI.  Without the benefit of efficient processing equipment, they have nonetheless been able to harvest honey twice from their beehives. With the second harvest, they used the … Continue reading

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“Everyone Starts Somewhere”

“Everyone Starts Somewhere”

Please donate to raise funds for solar lighting for school children in Uganda. Dear Friends- Today, December 2nd, Giving Tuesday, we are participating in the Microsoft Youth Spark Event, “Everyone Starts Somewhere” which will provide matching funds to youth projects on Global Giving. Donations you make to our solar lighting project on Global Giving, are eligible for 100% matching funds, until these funds run out. Matching is available beginning at 9:00 am EST but go quickly so please act now! We are looking to raise $10,000 for Phase II of our project and greatly need your support. These funds are … Continue reading

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Purchases on AmazonSmile Benefit TCP

Here is an easy way to support The Charcoal Project.  AmazonSmile will make a donation every time you make a purchase, based on how much you purchase.  Login to your Amazon account and then switch to smile.amazon.com.  You can designate Charcoal Project, Inc. as the benefitting charity.  You only need to make your purchases from AmazonSmile, which is exactly like ordering from Amazon and carries all your shopping preferences.  Thanks for your support and happy shopping! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3653389

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SCIENCE: Facts & Fiction About Charcoal in Developing Countries

SCIENCE: Facts & Fiction About Charcoal in Developing Countries

If you think charcoal is only used by the poor in developing countries, or that its use for cooking will decrease over time, or that charcoal production causes deforestation, or the charcoal sector is economically irrelevant, or that improved cookstoves mitigate deforestation and GHG emissions… think again.

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TCP Kickstarts Bee-Keeping Program for HFI Partner

TCP Kickstarts Bee-Keeping Program for HFI Partner

At the Teso Women Development Initiative, they try to find different ways to help the environment and local women in need.  While they have been busy lately building a charcoal briquette business, they have found time to seek out other ways to help women in Soroti. Many families in Sub-Saharan Africa rely on paraffin or kerosene for lighting, both dirty fuels that increase indoor air pollution.  Candles made from beeswax, however, are clean burning.  They emit no soot and do not contain artificial scents or perfumed chemicals.   This is one of the reasons TEWDI is starting a bee-keeping business. … Continue reading

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Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development Webinar – Follow-Up Discussion on March 26th

Join us for a webinar on Mar 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/87856833712257025 On March 5th, 2014, Winrock International and EPA Cookstoves & Indoor Air co-hosted a Webinar titled “Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative.” This webinar featured speakers from the Harvest Fuel Initiative, a collaboration between MIT D-Lab and The Charcoal Project to promote the development of solid biomass fuel enterprises. On March 26th, 2014, members of the Harvest Fuel Initiative will be holding a follow-up Webinar to answer questions related to the first presentation or from people who were not able to attend. … Continue reading

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Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative

Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development:  Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative

Please join us for a special webinar exploring the development and scaling up of alternative briquette fuel enterprises.  March 5th from 10 – 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time   Winrock & U.S. EPA Cook Stoves & Indoor Air  U.S. EPA | Winrock International | Webinar Archive Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative March, 5, 2014 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m Eastern Standard Time (EST) Charcoal briquettes made from various types of biomass feedstock have the potential to displace unsustainably produced charcoal and significantly reduce biomass consumption, but there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration before scaling … Continue reading

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