Zambia’s Ndola Diocese Trains Trainers on Alternative Sources of Household Cooking Fuel

The need to adopt alternative sources of household cooking fuel was the focus of a training, which the leadership of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese organized in view of fostering environmental conservation.

The training engaged 24 people in making wood-saving stoves. Those trained are “expected to train others” on alternative and efficient sources of fuel for household use. 

“The project aims at training communities in construction of wood saving (fuel efficient) stoves and engaging them in constructive and quality dialogue on the effects/impacts of deforestation and climate change,” the leadership of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese has been quoted as saying in a Wednesday, September 23 report. 

In the report, the leadership of the Diocese explains that human activity has led to the destruction of forests, which are meant to “purify the air.” 

“The world was created with a belt “Lungs” of dense forests (Amazon forest, Congo forest etc.) across the world to provide a factory to purify the air for humanity,” the leadership of the Diocese has reported, adding, “Human activity which includes mining, agriculture, charcoal manufacturing and collection of logs for firewood has slowly destroyed the belt.”


The trainees, who were drawn from Mufukira and Masaiti Districts within the Catholic Diocese of Ndola, were oriented in the use of rocks bed - a wood stove, which uses scrubs as fuel with small stones.

They were also coached in the use of clay maize, which includes the use of maize cobs in a small clay pot. Additionally, they learned about the use of an energy efficient cook stove, which involves the construction of a stove by mixing anthill soil, building sand and sixty litres of water as an alternative means of fuel.

The project is part of the Diocese’s response to the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’, which calls on all humanity to acknowledge environmental changes and embark on new paths that care for the earth, our common home.  

“Our only common home needs replenishing and the Diocese is playing its part in imparting the knowledge and skills on the use of fuel-efficient cook stoves,” the leadership of the Diocese says in the September 23 report. 

A December 2019 report by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) states that the production of charcoal is one of the main causes of deforestation and forest degradation in the Zambia.

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Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.