Asimenye Nthakomwa, 2011 AWARD Fellow, Malawi
Asimenye Nthakomwa, a monitoring and evaluation officer at Malawi’s Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust, recently won second prize in a photo competition organized by Connect4Climate or C4C, the World Bank’s climate change awareness campaign.
“Among our project activities at the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust, we are promoting the use of energy-efficient clay stoves,” says Nthakomwa. “I submitted a photo taken during one of our field days to the connect4climate team, and I entitled my write up ‘Clay Stoves—Use Less Firewood and Conserve Energy’” She placed second in the Energy category and her prizes included a solar backpack and a Toshiba HD camcorder.
The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about global climate change issues, with an initial focus on Africa. This competition was open to African youth between the ages of 13 and 35, who were invited to submit a photo or video telling a climate change story.
Clay stoves are an efficient energy-saving technology that goes hand-in-hand with promoting the sustainable use of forest resources. “One woman testified to using the same bundle of firewood for two weeks with a clay stove, whereas she could use it for only one week with the three-stone traditional stove method that is common in rural communities,” says Nthakomwa. Her team is training rural women in Malawi in how to make clay stoves, which they can also use as an income-generating activity.
To see Nthakomwa’s image and all the winning photos, visit: http://www.connect4climate.org/