Institutional Improved Cook Stoves
Simoshi’s first project targets institutions with efforts to improving their cooking practices, through the installation of 600 institutional improved cook stoves (IICS) in 200 boarding and day schools around Kampala, Uganda.
The unique business model provides schools to access an IICS through the daily reduction firewood used, hence a reduction of CO2. The subsequent financial transaction of the carbon credits assists with absorbing costs to support schools with free annual maintenance and managing on-going behavioural change in the kitchen environment.
The project aims at installing 1,500 IICS of different capacities in 450 schools, benefiting 340,000 children and reducing 31,286 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.
The chosen technology is the rocket stove design, locally manufactured by Ugandan companies. Its principle features focus on achieving efficient fuel combustion at a high temperature by ensuring a good air draft into the fire, controlled use of fuel, complete combustion, and the efficient use of the resultant heat. IICS using rocket principles can be very simple or complex. However, they all include the following design components: an L-shaped, insulated combustion chamber; a small fuel-feed opening to restrict the amount of fuel added to the stove at one time; and a small gap between the stove and cooking pot to improve heat transfer by forcing hot flue gases against the sides of the pot .
Simoshi is partnering with Energy4Impact in Uganda. Through its CARE2 programme, Energy4Impact assists Simoshi with identifying the schools benefiting from the new technology, sensitising and training of staff, and monitoring their use throughout the year.
Education - Climate Change Awareness
Raising awareness on the consequences of traditional cooking practices is pivotal to Simoshi's mission.
According to WHO, nearly 20,000 deaths are attributable annually to indoor and outdoor air pollution from solid fuel use, which is responsible for 4.9% of Uganda’s national burden of disease (2002). Pneumonia and diarrhoea remain the major causes of death of young children. As stated in the latest WHO report, these two diseases together account for 29% of all deaths of children under 5 years of age and result in the loss of 2 million people each year worldwide. In their proven research and recommendations given, they state, “household air pollution with improved stoves has been shown to reduce severe pneumonia. Safer and more efficient energy in the home prevents burns, saves time and fuel costs, and contributes to better development opportunities”.
Especially educational and informative sessions have been designed and are provided throughout the year, to raise awareness within the school students, promoting best cooking practices, and showcasing successful efforts.
Household Improved Cook Stoves
Simoshi is partnering with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in the project "Improving household clean cooking through school consolidated networks". This 18 month project focuses on developing a marketing channel through the existing school audience, addressing the benefits of clean, efficient, affordable, high-quality and durable cooking solutions to build the perception, motivation and behavior for the children to transfer that knowledge back to their households. The focus is towards changing the social behavior to more efficient cooking practices by adopting an improved cook stove, in the same this has been achieved in the school kitchens.
 WHO and UNICEF (2013), “Ending Preventable Child Deaths from Pneumonia and Diarrhea by 2025”, The Integrated Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GADPP).