Traditional School Cooking Stove

Simoonga Thandizani Trust School children and teachers came up with an amazing initiative! During one of the lessons in Science, Energy and Electricity, the pupils realised the need to save energy in everyday life activities, one of the most important being cooking. One of the children, Choolwe Mweetwa, talked about small energy saving stoves that her father was making in Simoonga Village. They are made using local materials consisting of clay and cow dung. The heat from the firewood goes direct to the pot. The children and teachers decided to make a similar stove at in the school kitchen. The team used bricks, metal bars and cement for this simple energy saving stove. It is a very basic kind of stove technology but the children have learned a lot from this project.

At the moment the school is using open air cooking where a lot of the heat is lost due to the wind, resulting in too much firewood usage. When it comes to energy saving stoves, it is estimated that 99% of the heat goes directly to the pot, hence taking less time to cook and less firewood usage. If properly made, energy saving stoves introduced to the school kitchen will reduce firewood consumption massively. Thandizani School will help reduce deforestation which is common in the local community, and also reduce the cost of buying fire wood which can be better spent on educational materials for the children.

To make these proper energy saving stoves the materials need are: cement, brick, round bars. The estimated cost for each large, durable energy stove is $600.00. The school needs 2 energy saving stoves in its kitchen. Any amount of financial help will very much be appreciated by Thandizani children who are the initiators of the project.

Teachers & Pupils Initiative Stove

School Core Social Responsibility Project

The school has initiated a project to help build houses for the elderly people who currently are living in sordid and squalor. We have identified those in need and the school is advocating for donations and funding from the world to help rehabiliate their home. We issue an open invitation to everyone to extend a helping hand towards these projects.

So far the school has built one house for Mrs Magrate Nakwenda through the kind donation from Miss Kathleen Kampa Vilina from Tokyo Japan.( The projected cost was $5230.00. 


The house has now been handed over to its proud beneficiery. 

Mrs Margrate in her completed new house

Pending Projects

The school need to complete projects in excess of 10 houses and we are currently solicitating for funding to help build a new house for Miss Hilda whose current dwelling condition is not pleasant. Lets join hands and put a new roof over her head. This is his her current living condition.


Miss Hilda in her current mud hut. Lets help her get a new home like Mrs Margrate.