Over recent weeks, long queues at fuel stations in Addis Ababa have been common occurrences. There’s a sense of desperation amongst the the people queuing; the queues move slowly in spite of the weather, which at this time of the … Continued
Household energy in Kenya is fraught with challenges – from indoor air pollution from the dependence on biomass such as charcoal and firewood to the potential dangers faced in gathering solid fuel. Women are the most vulnerable because they disproportionately … Continued
At this time of the year, the families we serve in the refugee camps are never far from our minds, which is why the donations from our year end appeal will go towards putting stoves into the Jijiga camps. Below … Continued
James Murren, a longtime friend of Project Gaia, has just published a book, Ethiopian Vignettes: Seeing is Believing, detailing his time in Ethiopia. This is the second book for James, who also wrote Whispers of Honduras about his experience as … Continued
On October 8th, Project Gaia and its partners, Gaia Association, the Former Women’s Fuelwood Association (FWFCA) Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) inaugurated the first ethanol micro distillery of its kind in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. … Continued
On the road toward the upcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, hundreds of organizations have been rallying to bring greater attention to the impact on women of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Women tend to be the most negatively impacted by the … Continued
Relief, Reconstruction, and Development Organization (RRDO) and Project Gaia, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), announced the launch of their pilot study of ethanol-fueled CLEANCOOK stoves in Dadaab refugee camp, Garissa County, Kenya. CLEANCOOK Sweden AB donated 100 of their double burner … Continued
Tanzania is a Sub-Saharan country with a population of close to 50 million people and an estimated growth rate of 2.8% in 2014. Of the total energy consumption in Tanzania, 88 percent is estimated to originate from fuel wood, 7 … Continued
Collaboration with Government of Ethiopia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) will place Stoves in Refugee Camps and Urban Settings Monday, May 18, 2015 For Immediate Release: United Nations … Continued
Since our founding, Project Gaia has worked hard to clean up household air. The smoke from biomass stoves is responsible for four million deaths each year, 500,000 of which are from childhood pneumonia alone. Pediatrician Dr. Stuart Warren was part … Continued
Caveat Emptor “Ethanol?” The Home Depot sales clerk asked in disbelief. “Are you sure you don’t want propane? We don’t carry dangerous products like ethanol here.” With a glance at the power saw display, I thanked him for his recommendation … Continued
The government-owned sugar estates in Ethiopia were traditionally in the south, an optimal region for the farming of sugar cane. For years, the sugar industry struggled to find a solution for the molasses produced as a waste product in sugar … Continued
Five years ago today at approximately 5pm, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti. Over three million of Haiti’s ten million people were affected, and over 230,000 deaths were reported. The earthquake put Haiti in the center of the humanitarian agenda- … Continued
Project Gaia, Inc. (PGI) has been working with its sister organization, Gaia Association (Gaia), on diverse projects for over a decade. I recently had the chance to talk with Dereje Petros, the Project Coordinator at Gaia, about this relationship, his … Continued
Imagine spending nine hours, three days a week, traveling five miles to find wood so you can cook food for your family. You search everywhere for wood to gather, but to no avail. Tired and hot, you finally come across … Continued
Meet Mrs. Theresa Ailenmoagboan. She is one of Nigeria’s most recent converts to the CleanCook alcohol stove. Nigeria is the economic hub of West Africa, but most of its population live below the poverty line and suffer from prevalent Household Air Pollution … Continued
PGI is teaming up with CTx Green Energy Partnerships to provide 15 clean cookstoves to women in Odisha, India. The 15 stoves will be part of a study focused on the health benefits of bioethanol cookstoves for women. Why donate … Continued
Gaia Association is conducting a study to test the feasibility of a national scale-up of ethanol cookstoves and microdistilleries in Ethiopia. The study, which is financed by the British government’s Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP), will address the absence of … Continued
For years, Project Gaia has partnered with Gettysburg College students and faculty on research projects. We have also tapped some of the brightest recent graduates and most promising students to work in our office and the field. Recently, we joined … Continued
Gaia demonstrates how to operate the CleanCook alcohol stove in two new videos on YouTube. Available in English and Amharic.
Tany Meva Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank, Project GAIA, Inc., EcoEnergy Business Group (e2), and Green Development AS will convene a three-day workshop in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on small or micro scale ethanol production for fuel use. The workshop … Continued
Our earliest CleanCook stoves were distributed in 2001. Joe and Henrietta have been cooking on their stove for 11 years and counting…
The NABDA project brings the distillery together with an initial 1,000 CleanCook ethanol stoves, a safe, efficient stove developed by the Dometic Group and selected by Project Gaia for use in Africa
Supermodel and philanthropist Gisele Bundchen visited several clean cookstove projects including the CleanCook ethanol stove during a five-day energy access exposure visit to Kenya in honor of the UN launched International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
On November 23, Gaia Association, in partnership with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, launched the new project “Fuel from Waste: Demonstrating the Feasibility of Locally Produced Ethanol for Household Cooking in Addis Ababa.”
Ethiopian non-profit organization Gaia Association showcased its commercial ethanol cookstove and fuel initiatives at the “Go Green Africa Fair” held from June 23 to 26, 2011, at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center.
Abstract The need for targeted energy interventions during relief efforts, especially for cooking but also for other household needs such as lighting and refrigeration, is becoming more critical and apparent. Supplying energy to people in crisis has frequently been neglected … Continued
Upon her arrival in Awbarre camp four years ago, Sofia used firewood as cooking fuel. With six other women, she would walk up to 8 kilometers every four days to collect firewood.
Gaia Association participated in a two day exhibition and workshop held by the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change (ECSNCC) on 19-20 April 2011 in Addis Ababa. Gaia Association -a clean fuels and cookstoves initiative – led the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the ECSNCC, a group of six non-governmental organizations working to expand and develop sustainable, renewable energy technologies in Ethiopia.
Mekdes Ijigu, Assistant Project Coordinator of Gaia Association, recently attended the 2011 ECSNCC Forum, representing Gaia and the renewable energy implementing group. The ECSNCC is a venue for Gaia Association to share its experience with renewable household energy and disseminate project results to relevant stakeholders.