Metallic Improved Cooking Stove in Kalinchowk
NCDC has distributed metallic improved cooking stoves to all the households of Kalinchowk VDC and it allowed them to restore some normalcy to their lives, especially after the aftermath of disastrous earthquake of 2015. In addition, the VDC has now been declared Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) free.
Because the VDC is inside the Gaurishankar Conservation area, there are strict norms about where and how firewood can be collected. Given that Metallic Improved Cooking Stoves (MICS) use 40% less firewood than a normal woodstove, the time needed to collect firewood has been reduced. Also, the MICS fire is more controlled and is smokeless, as the smoke is directed outside via a duct. The heat from the stoves also helped to warm the people’s small living quarters in winter. Fulmaya BK of ward no. 3 of the then Kalinchowk VDC expresses her appreciation:
|“Of the support I received, I appreciate the stove and the solar light the most. My eyes used to water all the time and we spent so much time looking for firewood. This stove takes so much less firewood and I can cook quickly too. My eyes feel so much better now.”|