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Gorilla Organization 'Stoves For Survival' project a finalist in global competition
02 July 2009

Out of nearly a thousand nominations, our ‘Stoves for Survival’ project in DR Congo has been selected as one of only twelve finalists in the World Challenge 09 competition.

The contest, which will be broadcast on BBC World News and featured in Newsweek magazine, highlights projects that show enterprise and innovation at grass roots level.

The area surrounding the Virunga National Park, home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla, is densely populated, with most families reliant on firewood and charcoal for cooking and heating. The collection of firewood can have a detrimental effect on the gorilla habitat, and is also very time-consuming and physically exhausting for the villagers and children involved.

Partnering with local group AIDE-Kivu, the Gorilla Organization launched the fuel-efficient stove project in 2008, producing and distributing ‘jiko’ stoves which reduce the consumption of firewood and charcoal by at least 55%. 

Families with fuel-efficient stoves are now using on average just 1.5 sacks of charcoal a month compared to four sacks per month before.

The project will be filmed by a UK production team, and the film will be broadcast on BBC World News. Viewers and Newsweek readers will have the chance to vote online for the project from 28th September until voting closes on 13th November.

The winning project will receive $20 000 and the awards ceremony will be shown in the final programme of the BBC World News series. Supporters of The Gorilla Organization are being encouraged to vote for the project at www.theworldchallenge.co.uk, where there is also more information about the contest.


for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123