This blog has been submitted by Stephen and Patricia.
When Patricia and I first visited Ukerewe you could not miss the vast amount of combustible waste that was lying around.
I had previously seen a programme filmed in Uganda where briquette making had been introduced as a means of keeping the local people from cutting firewood in the forest, the preserve of gorillas, and also as a means of generating an income for those same people.
Google is a wonderful tool and eventually led me to the Legacy Foundation (www.legacyfound.org ) and discussions with them (as they were working in East Africa) proved interesting. A set of manuals were purchased enabling a press to be made and all the other necessary equipment was purchased as well and left England in the container at Easter.
The hardest part was finding reliable Swahili speaking trainers willing to come to Ukerewe. Alex Magaga of LVC did a wonderful job of co-ordinating once the trainers, Marieta and Zaujia were located a 1000 km away in Lushoto and booked for a week's training. Alex also organized (willingly recruited) a group of 12 LVC Volunteer Women who gave up their time to be trained.
Diane and Derek