We are comited about the alleviation of poverty in communities associated with rock art sites.

Since one year, we work on a project STOP DEFORESTATION in Mnenia Village.
This village, with 3 others, is in the heart of Rock Art Paintings shelters in Kondoa district.

The bad state of the forests near the villages forces the women and young girls to give a greater amount of time daily to gather the wood because they must go further. The young girls are required for domestic task in the name of the family survival et by consequence they don't attend school.

In the small village of Mnenia in Tanzania, a group of women, TWIGA group (meaning giraffe in swahili), has been put in place at the beginning of 2011. Twiga group count around 30 women of all ages from 30 years old up to 60 and more. These women have started a little business building cooking stove with clay bricks and moulding ecological briquettes made out of organic waste to cook.
This project is a source of income for the TWIGA group and a major environmental issue for the village.

1. Higher income : the income provided help the women to have a best quality of life. They can more easily buy the basics needed. They don't have to waste their time to collect wood far away or spend high amounts to buy charcoal.
2. Environmental benefit : Reduction of deforestation and soil erosion.
The mud cooking stove is more secure than the open air stove made of 3 stones using tree branches, because the cooking area is reduced there is less smoke. In consequence it is better for the lungs and general health of the cook.
The ecological briquette is made out of waste easy to collect around the houses. It produce a more concentrate fire, reducing to the 2/3 the need of combustible.

The Twiga Group has a small shop with local pottery and handmade paper goods.
In a near future they intend to teach to other villages how to make and benefit from these low tech cooking stoves and ecological briquettes.
You can support them to achieve their goals by donations of material or money. This would be used to build fermentation pools for the organic wastes, moulds, multi-layer dryers, etc.
They also need technical support until they get fully skill.

Fuel Briquette and Paper making
We are working with Twiga women group in Mnenia village, Twiga groups activities are fuel briquette, paper making, mud stove, pottery.
  • Fuel briquettes made from organic waste: a tried and tested alternative to wood fuel.
  • Mud-stoves: inexpensive, fuel-efficient alternative (using 50% mud and 50% vetiver grass) that uses only 1/3 of wood fuel, is well adapted to fuel briquettes – compared to traditional and wasteful 3-stone open fire.
  • Paper-making traditionally contributes to the deforestation process. A fundamental part of WHAT's philosophy is to create paper which does not do this. We use a combination of used paper and natural fibers which occur in the Tanzanian bush in plentiful supply.
  • We gather used paper, grasses from the savannah, african mulberry, figs etc.. and using the strength of the African sun, create paper which is uncontaminated by caustic bleaches or dyes and shaded by the natural ingredients that create it - savannah grass, recycled paper, leaves, weeds and bark and also rags- used clothes.
    Paper connoisseurs are particularly interested in the paper itself. They are enticed by some of the unique ingredients, such as wild fig, baobab, and mulberry bark (also know as African Kozo). The slight deviation from conventional paper-making methods using traditional ingredients such as banana (abaca), sisal, water hyacinth and river reeds has produced handmade paper with a more rustic quality and charm to it.
Art & Enviromental workshops
The aim is to encourage children and adults to respect their environment while understanding that we are all responsible, as a community, for our natural resources and, in particular – Kondoa- Irangi Rock Art Sites – Mnenia Village , UNESCO World Heritage Site
At the same time, pupils will learn the importance of Rock Art – through observation and drawing Using art, as a tool, in environmental education - through observation, drawing of Rock Art , local flora and fauna.

Products and designs of workshop members shall be made for sell for visitors and tourists at for-coming community center Idea of workshop will be introduced to nearby schools so that as many pupils as possible will be aware and understand the value of Rock Art and the importance of taking care of it.

Sports & Environmental Workshops
Community projects are a fantastic way to explore Tanzania. Volunteer in a rural community, take a day trip to a village project, spend a few hours making recycled paper- create unforgettable memories! Sports tours are a fantastic way to experience rural Africa. Football matches on dusty village pitches, netball games held on mountainous plains and rugby coaching in the middle of Masai Steppe, Tanzanians have amazing talent on the sports field and will leave you gasping for breath! . Why not bring your local sports strip as a donation to a local team?

For more information :
Rock Art Conservation Centre / Warm Heart Art
Seppo Hallavainio :
0754 672 256
Clôde de Guise :
0785 131 479