As a supporter and sponsor of ActionAid in Nebbi, Uganda the team at MACS Software team take a keen interest in the latest news from the region. So, we really welcome the latest report that ActionAid have put in place a successful program to replace the use of traditional stoves with energy saving devices. Not only are they more efficient and cost effective, they use less firewood, reduce deforestation and produce little smoke. Many women have reported that their eyes and lungs do not hurt from the smoke when cooking.
ActionAid have organised workshops so that the locals know how to make moulds for the energy-saving stove by mixing anthill soil and banana fibre, which is left to dry for three days. Santina, one of the beneficiaries of the workshop, reported “So far, I have sold five stoves for 5000 Ugandan Shillings (£1) each. As the stoves are made from local, free materials, all this money is profit and so now I have enough to cover any medical or educational fees my family may have. We have never had this kind of security before!”
To support ActionAid visit www.actionaid.org/uganda
Earlier this year, following a devastating earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak, MACS sent in reinforcements to get the SCMS (a delivery partner for USAID) warehouse, which despatches vital antiviral drugs, back to full operational capacity.
We all celebrated MACS Software’s 21st birthday recently with a staff trip to the Sutton Elms Go-Karting circuit in Leicestershire in order to let off a little steam. Some of the team showed a natural aptitude for thrashing around a race track – a far cry from our day jobs designing software for some of the world’s leading corporations.