Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
50Trip End Apr 01, 2007
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This project has been a long road. All of the leg work involved to arrive at ¨building phase¨ has taken, in the words of Hilary Clinton "a village." However, I quite mean it, literally. I've been so caught up in writing reports, buying materials, transporting materials, visiting the women, scheduling meetings, begging my friend to lead the training sessions that I was beginning to lose site of the goal of the project: building stoves. Well, this past Friday, we got underway. Everything worked like clockwork and we built 3 stoves, but most importantly we trained 12 women how to build them
The following day, we lead another training session and after it was done, I thought I'd go check on the women who had planned to make their stove in the morning. Around 2 o'clock I headed over expecting nothing: either to see them in the thick of the building process or to see them holding bricks thoroughly confused. However, I walked into a kitchen with a brand new stove and my eyes started to fill with tears. I couldn't believe it. The project was working. The woman was elated! Elated because it was built, she did it, and because I was so proud. It was a beautiful moment and I want to thank you for making it a reality and for being apart of it.
We have a ways to go before all 20 are built, but we are on our way. I just wanted to share the good news!