Cooking Up Change: Coffee World Change’s Journey to Empower Tawfiq Orphanage

In the heart of Tanzania, nestled in the bustling city of Mwanza, lies the Tawfiq Orphanage—a sanctuary of hope and love for 24 children. Earlier this year, our hearts were touched by the story of Mama Shakira and the children of Tawfiq Orphanage resulting in us dedicating a number of our very first Coffee World Change initiatives to supporting specific needs of her Orphanage.

With limited resources and traditional East African coal stoves, Mama Shakira struggled to keep up with the needs of the children, especially for their beloved breakfast doughnuts called Mandazi (if you haven’t ever tried these, they are a delight and its not hard to see why the kids love them!). The reliance on expensive oil for cooking was a constant challenge, and Mama Shakira’s dream of a modern oven seemed out of reach due to the high costs of electricity and gas.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Coffee World Change was determined to find a solution. Enter Cookswell Jikos—an independent eco-stove builder based in Kenya. These innovative ovens are not only eco-friendly but also durable, lasting over 10 years, and are capable of cooking a variety of foods with minimal coal usage.

With Coffee World’s support, Cookswell Jikos arranged for the delivery of an eco-stove to Tawfiq Orphanage, bringing hope and excitement to Mama Shakira and the children. Despite a few weeks of adjustment, Mama Shakira quickly mastered the art of using the new oven, and the impact has been nothing short of transformative.

Now equipped with the Cookswell eco-stove, Tawfiq Orphanage can cook meals more efficiently for her growing orphanage, providing the children with healthier and tastier food options. From baking bread and doughnuts to grilling meat, the possibilities are endless, opening up a world of culinary exploration for Mama Shakira.

But the impact doesn’t stop there. By supporting Tawfiq Orphanage and investing in an eco-friendly oven built to last, Coffee World Change has not only improved the lives of the children but also contributed to a greener, more sustainable future. The Cookswell Jikos are designed to minimize coal usage, reducing environmental impact while promoting efficient cooking practices.

Moreover, by collaborating with Cookswell Jikos, an independent East African business, Coffee World has championed local entrepreneurship and economic empowerment within the region. It’s a testament to our belief in the power of community and our commitment to supporting businesses that share our values of sustainability and social responsibility.

As we reflect on the journey that brought us to Tawfiq Orphanage, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these children. And as Coffee World continues to brew change, one project at a time, we invite you to join us in our mission to spread hope, kindness, and love to every corner of the world. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

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