MCV recently launched another life-changing program to empower Maasai mothers and their families. We are renovating Maasai homes located on a sacred heritage site where 50 Maasai mothers live to care for the warriors and Maasai chief.
Maasai women are cooking over open fires which have deadly consequence. Air pollution from indoor cooking fires is the cause of a worldwide public health crisis; the smoke sickens and kills more than 4 million people each year, primarily women and children.
Our home improvements deliver triple dividends: decrease illness related to smoke inhalation, increase quality of life, and reduce environmental degradation. Our design uses approximately 60% less wood contributing to the conservation of nearby forests, decreasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and helping to mitigate climate change. We are saving women and children approximately 20 hours of labor a week, reducing the household chores of collecting cow dung to maintain walls and cutting trees for firewood.