My eyes began to sting and I started to cough. Tears flowed down my cheeks. The smoke came thick and fast, and I couldn’t see. I had to get out of the dark, dingy hut.
I emerged into the sunshine of rural Tanzania feeling embarrassed. Every day, Rhoda uses a woodfire stove to cook for her family in their hut, and I couldn’t stand it even for five minutes. And the consequences can be far more damaging than coughing or streaming eyes: more than 4 million people die prematurely each year from illnesses caused by household air pollution from cooking in this way.
Tearfund is working with Rhoda’s village to train them to build fuel-efficient cooking stoves and encourage them to buy solar panels to provide electricity. This would mean less pollution and better health for families like Rhoda’s, helping to provide a way out of poverty while protecting the environment.
Will you make a difference for communities like Rhoda’s? Please join us in asking the World Bank – through the UK government's representative – to invest in local, clean and renewable energy, shifting the balance of its funding away from fossil fuels.
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We won’t stop until poverty stops, and we are closer than ever to ending it. But it will take us all. Will you play your part?
Sarah Edwards, Tearfund Action