Elder kids in orphanage in Kampala
Right now, InStove’s footprint in Uganda is relatively small, with a half dozen stoves in use throughout the country. But thanks to a fruitful trip board members took to the country in late last fall, that footprint is on the verge of a dramatic expansion.
Between November 23 and 30, 2012, InStove Executive Director Fred Colgan – along with Board Member Lise Colgan, and InStove friends Virgil and Joy Ricks – conducted a series of meetings with Ugandan officials and stove demonstrations for local humanitarian and faith-based groups. The trip resulted in a surge of interest in InStove’s products and an agreement with a Ugandan non-profit development agency to facilitate new projects in the country.
Our team started off the trip with the first of two demonstrations of our 60 Liter Stove to representatives of eight non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and about a dozen faith-based organizations in Kampala: Uganda’s capital. At the end of each demonstration, the audiences took a poll and all of the attendees signaled their willingness to buy our stoves for their projects.
Stove Demo in Kampala
In Kampala, the team also met with officials from the national government, including the Chief Whip of the Ugandan Parliament, the Hon. Kasule Lumumba Justine. Justine pledged government support for InStove to bring production to Uganda and agreed to arrange a meeting with Uganda’s prime minister and ministers of health and education for InStove’s next trip to the country in 2013.
Next, our team traveled to Tororo City in Eastern Uganda to meet with Tororo District officials. We received a pledge of support from Chief Administrative Officer Oswan V.K to establish a Stove-Factory-In-A-Box in the province.