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Irene proved more than able for the task of providing stoves. She discovered a large number for sale from a nearby Jesuit order with the result that she bought 485 at MK2,000 (3.5) each. It was agreed that CCS would fund half the price of each stove. Amazing logistics were put in place whereby the stoves were bought and transported, paid by CCS, and sold in two batches: 200 in Chimteka, where Irene and her team distributed and collected the money for 200 stoves. The money actually balanced!! A similar procedure was repeated in the nearby area of T. A. Nyoka. Representatives from the Jesuits who gave an educational presentation to both groups.
The stoves proved successful from pointof view of burning less fuel and causing less smoke. Irene will try to engage more of the women in this process.
Dan bought three Chitetezo Mbaula stoves for a pilot programme in the Chimteka area. The idea was to gauge people's reactions to using them through a small-scale, two-week test, using a family in the village, a local teacher - and one for himself at his house to monitor its use. They are the type that can be used with the Trinity TEG so it's a small step in the right direction.
Use of cooking stoves to generate electricity to charge batteries
  • CCS visited the research team in Trinity College Dublin, who are working on a new technology in the lab and doing field tests in Malawi to harvest energy from the stove during cooking.
  • A small themo-electric generator (TEG) with battery is fitted to the cooking stove. After a day's cooking (3-5 hours), the charged battery has be shown to give about 5 hours light from a simple LED lamp.It can also be used to charge mobiles or run radios.
  • The cooking method used would also be more efficient and economical, burning less wood and reducing fumes from the fire, which are currently causing serious health problems
  • This cooking method would not only be more efficient and economical but would also burn less wood and reduce harmful fumes.
  • It is likely to be a few years before the technology is widely available
  • The Trinity poster fully explains the work.
Chimteka Full Primary connected to electricity; learners and adults can make use of the classrooms after dark and teaching aids can know be utilised.

Chiosya health clinic and CDSS, Chimteka Secondary School connected up to local grid electricity with meters in place.

Sylvester has completed work on the grinding mill engine. It has been a big job with a complete engine refurbishment.

The Health Centre has been connected to the electricty line. Great to see our maternity and out patients department lit up!
The CBO have decided to purchase satellite TV (using there own funds), so John collected the dish and decoder; completed the registration for DsTV; collected the satellite TV installer from Mchinji and fitted the dish etc onto the hall.
Other benefits are that the hall can be used as a community cinema and the revenue from the World Cup should pay for a large percentage of the capital costs of the sat TV installation.

Procured the installation of solar electricity to the multi-purpose community hall, nursery, chicken house, church and head teachers office

2009 and earlier

The above pictures show general living conditions in a Chimteka village.

All 717 houses in Chimteka use firewood as their source of energy. None of the Chimteka households have access to charcoal, parafin, electricity, gas or other sources of energy.
The government has brought electricity to within 2.5 kms of Chimteka. CCS is planning to bring electricity the remainder of the way to the major buildings in Chimteka
In the meantime the electrification on the project site, using solar electricity, has been installed and is up and running in the Community Hall, Pre-School, Kitchen, Toilets, Church, Chicken Khola and the Head masters office, since early 2009.

This is extended to run an irrigation system for the crops and provide the necessary water to grow vegetables, etc.

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