Federal Cross of Merit for Christa Drigalla
Despite the general conditions that were still influenced by Corona, it was a very solemn moment when our association member Christa Drigalla was presented with the Federal Cross of Merit on May 11 in Kiel by Prime Minister Daniel Günther. Christa has been involved in and for Nepal since 1998. She developed the idea of having smoke-free clay stoves built in rural households. The continuation of this impulse ultimately led to the establishment of our organisation. Die Ofenmacher congratulate Christa with joy and pride on this extraordinary honor.
Read more about this in our newsletter.
Radio FreeFM from Ulm did an hour-long interview with Christa Drigalla, co-founder of Die Ofenmacher. Christa tells of the time before Ofenmacher, when she had the first stoves built in Nepal, and how the first projects and the foundation came about. The report on the current work is not neglected either.
The program aired on 31st March 2021. You can find the podcast of the interview here.
The risk of infection by corona viruses is lower outdoors than in closed rooms. The idea was to enable the restaurants to operate outdoors even during the cold season by temporarily allowing patio heaters. However, the CO2 emissions should at least be offset by donations to a climate protection project, in this case Die Ofenmacher. This was implemented in Ingolstadt, but unfortunately the project fell victim to the tightened corona measures. Maybe we can come back to it in spring.
Read the full Article in the Donaukurier from 23.10.2020
Münchner Merkur, Ebersberger Zeitung, 21st Dec. 2018: Die Ofenmacher must have been very good this year. Nicholas has decided to pass on this year's donations, which he receives during his missions in the community of Vaterstetten, to Die Ofenmacher. Many thanks to our member Christian Peter, close intimate of Santa!
Many poor people in the Third World are cooking on an open fire. But soot and smoke in the huts have dramatic consequences. The World Health Organization estimates that about 3.5 million people die each year.
Radio broadcast by BR2 about the problems of open fire cooking in developing countries.
Report in the Pfaffenhofener Kurier from 5/5/2017: The town of Pfaffenhofen and Die Ofenmacher have entered into a three-year partnership: Pfaffenhofen compensates for its carbon dioxide emissions from heating and hot water in the years 2016-2018 with certificates from Die Ofenmacher.
Interview with members Katharina und Frank at 31st March 2016 in the radio station Radio free FM in Ulm
Prolignis Energie Consulting donated 15oo Euros to the Ofenmacher offseting the complete CO2 emissions of their business activies in 2015 (A report, in German, can be found in the Donaukurier issue 16th March 2016)
Tobias Federle, manager of the monitoring team in Nepal prepared a video on the field working practice and the beauty of rural Nepal.
During his time working at the hospital in Amppipal Markus Walder treated many children who had suffered severe burns in open cooking fires. Amppipal belongs to one of our project areas in the Gorkha district; so Markus saw how clay stoves to help avoid such injuries.
Upon returning to Germany Markus had an idea to help the Stovemakers. Thanks to a generous donation from a private sponsor and the support of the players and parents of the D-youth football team of VfB Oberessen the team's football shirts now carry the Stovemaker logo!
Apart from being proud to advertise for our non-profit work the youth team also hosted an event to raise funds for the Stovemakers. During an open day (the "Hertmannsweiler Erlebnistage") on September 28th they organised a football games and charged guests one Euro to compete. The takings were donated to the Stovemakers. Motivated by the success of their fundraising the youth team went on to win a friendly match against the D-youth of Hertmannsweiler 5:0!
We Stovemakers are very proud of to have such enthusiastic support from young people. We wish the D-youth Oberessen success both in their further fundraising and of course on the pitch! Also the families who have safer and healthier lives thanks to having smokefree cooking stoves with the help of your donations a sincerely thank you!For German readers see to the report in Stuttgarter Zeitung of 14th August 2014
At the end of April a milestone was reached. In April we reported having built more than 20.000 stoves in Nepal! That means around 120.000 people have safe, healthy cooking stoves - roughtly the population of cities like Wolfsburg or Fürth. The Ofenmacher thank everyone who contributed to reaching this goal.
We are committed to increasing stove installations in future. For this we continue to count on your support.
The first stove-maker training in Ethiopia has been successfully completed. Eighteen graduates received their certificates after two weeks of pratical and theoretical training.
Now they will start work in Alem Ketema and the surrounding area. The Ofenmacher wish them luck and success in their new jobs. May they provide many households with safe, healthy cooking stoves!
The German newspaper Wochenblatt printed a report on our pilot project in Ethiopia from the perspective of one of the participants.
Based on the success of the pilot and the positive feedbacks received the decision has been reached to start a pilot training for stove builders in Ethiopia in April.
2013 was the Stovemakers' most successful year to date! Last year 4959 stoves were built bringing the grand total to 16696 stoves.
The start of the project in Gulmi and the ramp up of production in Kenya and Ethiopia were further milestones in our growth.
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards these successes in 2013! We wish you a happy new year and look forward to continuing the success story in 2014!
In March 2013 Erias was the first person in Kenya to receive a clay oven in the Nepalese style.
A few days after Installation Erias reported enthusiastically of his new stove called "Jiko". Altogether 7 pilot stoves were made. All have served perfectly for the past two months. Eria's enthusiasm was confirmed by the others.
After this successful pilot it is certain that we will start training the first stove makers in Kenya this year.
The decision has been made!
The executive commitee and the members meeting approved the proposal to help provide smoke-free cooking stoves in Ethiopia and Kenia.
In the last weeks a preliminary investigation was completed in Ethiopia. First pilot stoves were installed in Kenia. In both cases the results were very encouraging.
The next steps will be planned according to the conditions in each country: For Ethiopia the stove design has to be adapted to the cooking methods prevalent there. The existing design can be used unchanged in Kenia. The first stovemakers will be trained shortly.