As Understand the Times and Lighthouse Trails have pressed forward with the development of 15 Bryce Homes for children in Kenya(supported by UTT and LT readers), new challenges seem to be par for the course. Last week, we told our readers that one of the Bryce Homes burnt down. This was the home of widow Florence and 10 children. This was one of the homes that UTT was intending on having rebuilt sometime in 2012 and is now proceeding with that plan right away as the burnt house is unlivable. The fire started when embers from the cooking fire landed on a pile of clothing, and in the middle of the night, the fire started. While belongings and the house were destroyed, all the children and Florence were uninjured. In order to help prevent fires like this in the future, new houses built will have three rooms – one designated just for cooking – and a new cooking system.
After some research and discussion with Pastor Achilla and his assistant, Walter, we have found the answer to a better and safer way to cook. A Christian man builds metal wood stoves(Jikos) that contain the fire and make cooking much safer (and more efficient too). Plus the women will not have to cook while stooping on the ground. Another very important plus is that the new stove will have a pipe that takes the smoke out of the house. Presently, many stoves in Kenya that use heat have no way for the smoke to escape, and thus, many suffer from respiratory problems. Below are some photos that Pastor Achilla sent to us of this wood stove. It is our hope that we can equip each Bryce Home with a similar stove. The cost is just $187.50 (USD) each. If you would like to send a donation to go specifically toward one of these stoves, please designate on your donation that it is for that purpose. You can send donations to either UTT or Missions for Truth(our website). UTT donations are tax deductible.