In Tanzania wood and charcoal are the main domestic fuels used for cooking. Gathering wood is a time consuming activity and expensive to purchase, which the orphanage must do in order to prepare hot food.
Biogas is a fuel comprised of a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. It is produced by the bacterial decomposition of organic waste. Use of biogas for cooking will lower fuel expense needed to prepare food.
Every year Sr. Helena and the Board get together to determine the budget and needs of the orphanage. A line item for the 2016-2017 budget is two new cows.
These cows will serve 2 purposes. One is to provide milk for the children and the other is for the organic waste that the cows produce.
This waste will be used in a yet to be installed biogas system that will supply cooking fuel for the stoves in the kitchen.
When the kitchen was expanded in 2012, a new cow shed was also built with a biogas hookup in mind.
Earlier this month St. Martin's Kids, along with Fr. Dave, had the pleasure of hosting a lunch for missionaries Mike & Lynn Caraway and their son Luka. We were able to catch up on news from the orphanage and enjoy fellowship.
Lynn spoke of how the security wall has been such a blessing for the orphanage. Fruit from the trees planted and crops can be harvested when they are ready instead of being taken by others in the area.
A check for $400.00 was presented to the Caraways from the 3rd grade faith formation service project to provide shoes for the children at St. Martin's.
In addition, St. Martin's Kids donated $1000.00 to Lynn's home ministry of caring for infants from the orphanage who are ill or need extra care. Lynn provides the extra TLC needed to return these little ones to thriving individuals. Thank you Lynn and Mike for all you do!
Ann English - St. Martin's Kids