In a previous news article we mentioned the Charcoal Project's BEEP Programme. This is short YouTube video based on an interview in June with Henry Twinemasiko, the director of the REF schools in Rubaare, Uganda, who appealed to the programme six months ago for help in bringing energy efficiency and renewable fuels to his school district. You can also visit the project page here.

Jean Kim Chaix comments, "Henry is a tremendously inspiring and committed man and together we have a plan to cut the schools woodfuel consumption (and the associated costs), and generate revenue for the schools by converting the region’s agricultural waste into fuel briquettes for the school and the community. We have also began with our partner, Trees for the Future, to plant trees for reforestation and for fuel."

"Our ultimate goal together is to create a model that can be replicated elsewhere in Uganda, East Africa, and, hopefully, the continent that is literally burning through its wood reserves, either for conversion to charcoal for urban populations or for use as fuel as is the case in Rubaare."

They have also "launched a campaign to raise $4000 USD by the end of August to begin the project with Henry." You can view more about the campaign in our previous news item.

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