This year’s community wood stove project is well underway. The stoves arrived in the partner communities before physical distancing measures were in place, ready to be installed when the weather warms up.
There are 14 stoves in Whati, 10 in Gameti and another 10 in Deline. Another 15 should soon be arriving in Sambaa K’e and 17 in Jean Marie River. When it’s safe to do so, all of the stoves will be installed by contractors certified under Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT), which is a non-profit organization that provides training and certification on safe wood-burning systems.
Under our community wood stove programs, we work with community partners to provide stoves for residents. The new stoves are typically safer and more efficient than older models. And using efficient wood stoves in a community can also reduce particulate emissions, lower heating costs and even create seasonal employment for people who harvest firewood.