#ClimateStory4Kids: Aminat and the solar cooker

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#ClimateStory4Kids: Aminat and the solar cooker


Hello kids. Welcome to #ClimateStory4Kids! 


I have a story today about a village named Mawere, located in the eastern part of Africa; There was a young girl named Aminat who witnessed the impact of climate change on her community and decided to take matters into her own hands. 


Mawere village relied heavily on agriculture as its source of living, while some engaged in subsistence farming to meet the needs of their families, others in commercial as a means of livelihood.  


However, the village did not have electricity, so they relied on lanterns and firewood for light when it was dark. 


At times, the villagers had no alternative but to depend on the moon’s natural glow during nighttime, and this led to a cultural practice of gathering outdoors in the evenings, where the elders would share stories, using the moon as a light. 


They also relied on the trees in the forest for firewood, leading to environmental pollution, and as the trees disappeared, the village grew hotter, and extreme weather patterns began to disturb their farming practices. 


Amina, being observant, could not ignore the difficulty her community faced, and she recognized the urgent need for a sustainable solution that could lessen the impacts of climate change and relieve the burdens faced by her fellow villagers.  


She started thinking of how to generate electricity for her community and how to cook without cutting their trees. 


On a hot afternoon, Amina saw that the water she had fetched from the stream in the morning was hot, and she was inspired by the heat from the sun and then conceived the idea of harnessing solar energy for cooking and electricity as an alternative to using firewood.  


Amina began collecting materials from the village, ranging from discarded wood to old cartons, foil paper, and glues, and cleverly joined these simple items to create a solar cooker. Her invention quickly gained popularity among the villagers, who eagerly embraced this cooking method. 


Amina’s solar cooker brought change to Mawere, as they no longer needed to cut down trees for firewood, resulting in the preservation of the environment. Moreover, as the tree cover started to recover, the village experienced a noticeable decrease in temperature, making farming activities more bearable and sustainable. 


The solar cooker proved to be user-friendly. Amina had designed it using easily accessible materials such as a cardboard box, aluminum foil, and a glass sheet. The villagers would place their cooking pots inside the cooker, and the sun’s rays would work their magic, cooking their food perfectly.


This eco-friendly cooking method reduced the environmental impact and improved the villagers’ health because the villagers were no longer exposed to harmful burns, reducing breathing problems and enhancing their well-being. 


Amina’s invention proved to be an achievement for the community, addressing environmental, health, and economic concerns. 


Amina’s invention inspired other young girls in the village, and they, too, began to think about solutions to protect the environment and improve the quality of life for the villagers.


Their collective effort displayed the power of innovation and that a positive change can come from within even the most vulnerable communities. The villagers of Mawere rejoiced in the new solution to their challenges, and they were able to preserve their environment, save money, and enhance their health. 


Amina’s story is a shining example of how one person’s determination can create a lasting impact on the community and the world. 


The End!



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