Project overview:
  • To improve health of the population by avoiding burn injuries and the reduction of bronchitis
  • Environmental protection through reduced supply of firewood and reduced CO2-emissions
  • Implementation:
  • Oven manufacturers are trained in cooperation with the organization "Die Ofenmacher"
  • The building of clay ovens with metal drainpipes
  • The ovens¿ adjustment to the individual pots used in the kitchens
  • Training of the women concerning the ovens¿ employment and maintenance
  • Results:
  • The training of two oven manufacturers
  • The building of 100 ovens in the Ampipal region; aim is to build 500 ovens by mid-2011
  • The inception of an additional oven manufacturing project in Gorkha

Oven manufacturing:
In Nepal, fire still constitutes the single source of warmth which is used for heating and cooking in most households. Electricity or gas are very expensive alternatives and only available in urban areas. However, the use of open fire is very inefficient in terms of the energy balance and moreover detrimental to the population¿s health. For a long time, the Nepal Relief Association Aachen has tried to find oven manufacturers that are in a position to build ovens from local material that are relatively inexpensive and easy to be maintained. Moreover, they have to take cultural habits into account.
For several years the Nepal Relief Association has not succeeded in finding a sound solution. Ovens made from iron were offered that were cheap to be produced and that could easily be fixed by the local population but they did not reduce the risk of burning injuries, particularly among children. Various organizations were asked until a contact was finally established through Sister Drigalla to Mr. Dengler, who assumed the responsibility to ascertain that an oven manufacturer was trained.
The project has now been running since the summer of 2010. The ovens are built from clay and are adjusted to the pots used by the families. This makes sure that no smoke is developed in the interior of the family¿s housings. The usage of the clay ovens reduces the daily supply of firewood, the emission of carbon dioxide and deforestation.
Compliance visits in the project area reveal that the ovens are widely accepted and voluntarily used. All oven pipes but one were cleaned and the fireplaces were in a good condition.

  • For a better health of the families as pulmonal and bronchial diseases constitute one of the most severe problems in Nepal
  • Avoidance of injuries as many children were wounded through the open fire
  • Avoidance of tree felling as less firewood is needed
  • Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions
All this can be provided for ca. 1 Euro per person given the fact that there are averagely 8 people in one Nepalese family and the price of one smoke free oven amounts to about 8 Euro.