Author Archives: Jean Kim Chaix


“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  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!

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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

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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