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Dutch Couple donates Stoves and Briquettes

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The four members of a Women Self-Support Group and GreenTech Management thank Frank de Nies and Asje van Zanten for their generous donation!

Frank de Nies and Ansje van Zanten, a couple from Holland, came to The Gambia as tourists in December 2012. Likewise the Swedish couple (see news report before), they dined at GreenTech’s partner and sample site, The Green Mamba Garden Restaurant, where they discovered a handout, describing the option of donating Fuel Efficient Stoves and Briquettes to needy families. The options were discussed with GreenTech’s management, but time run out during their holidays. Nevertheless, the idea to support Gambian families was not forgotten and following some e-mail correspondence, the donation was organised from abroad.  As soon as the donation was received, GreenTech contacted the registered “Takku Liggey” Women Group from Kerr Serign, that another four Fuel Efficient Stoves and a Starter Bag of Briquettes were ready to be handed over.

The stoves were received by Sallie Saine, Bintou Jatta, Amie Gaye and Awa Ceesay. GreenTech and the four women extended their cordial thanks for the generous donation. The donors as well as the beneficiaries are considered as trendsetters in the promotion of the innovative cooking unit, which is a step forward in the battle against deforestation, whilst saving the families time, effort and finances. The benefits cannot be underestimated, as not only the Gambian population depends on healthy forests to cover their daily domestic needs, such as food, fodder, herbal medicines or construction material – the Gambian forests also have a regional and global meaning, as they provide indirect and direct services, such as water retention, soil protection, wind break and CO2 sink. Gambian forests even harbour cultural and spiritual sites or simply space for recreation and ecotourism. Thus, GreenTech considers the Gambian Forest as far too valuable to be burned in stoves and therefore offers alternatives. Donations will help to kick-start the use of briquettes and fuel efficient stoves, especially for the poor population.

Anyone interested to sponsor a stove and a starter bag of briquettes for 400 GMD (about 10 Euro), please contact  GreenTech Management through this webpage or info@greentechgambia.com, phone: ++220-6662622.

Anyone interested to sponsor a stove and a starter bag of briquettes for 400 GMD (about 10 Euro), please contact  GreenTech Management through this webpage or info@greentechgambia.com, phone: ++220-6662622.