About the foundation
We do it everyday, cooking. One push on the furnace and it does all our work. In many places around the world is that very different. Women are out all day to gather wood, and then cook their pot over an open fire. With all its consequences, because cooking on an open fire is harmful to health. The Green Elephant Foundation has been associated with Uganda for many years. In Kampala, we are active in educating women and switching them to a healthy, safe cooking method. Cook on an efficient stove with environmentally friendly briquettes or pellets. In addition, we help the population switch to a healthy and safe cooking method through fundraising for cooking stoves and clean fuel.
In Uganda, almost all households cook on an open fire. Cooking on an open fire is bad for food health, it is the number 4 cause of death in the world. Smoke and soot particles released during cooking, through inhalation, damage the respiratory tract. Cooking a meal is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day! That damage can even lead to death.
Through education by The Green Elephant Foundation, we make women in Kampala, Uganda aware of the dangers of cooking over an open fire. They are introduced to cooking on an efficient stove with environmentally friendly briquettes or pellets. A safe, healthy and environmentally friendly way of cooking, which is also cheaper.
You can help Ugandan families to get started with this new way of cooking through the The Green Elephant Foundation.Click here to read how you can support our work
The wood needed to light a fire for Uganda is mainly gathered together. This leads to deforestation. With all negative consequences for agriculture and climate.
Families in Uganda spend up to 15 percent of their income on firewood or up to 6 hours a day collecting firewood. Looking for wood is at the expense of other household activities, outdoor work or attention to the children. Children should regularly help in the household, when they should actually go to school.
The Green Elephant Foundation ensures that households learn to cook with environmentally friendly briquettes or pellets on efficient cooking stoves. Briquettes or pellets of energy crops that prevent deforestation and save a lot of time and effort.
It is not without reason that the name of the foundation is The Green Elephant. The foundation helps the Ugandan people to become aware of the benefits of working with briquettes or pallets from the environmentally friendly and fast-growing local elephant grass. The first plantations were planted in Kampala in 2017. Processed over the mature crop into environmentally friendly cooking fuel.