Pasha Moto” means “heat up” in Swahili.  The idea for this project came from the experience of some of our staff member’s previous work with orphans and youth in Tanzania.  The children would give thanks to guests by rubbing their hands together while singing “pasha moto” over and over again.  After a few moments, the children, on cue, would clap their hands together and collectively shout “choma”, or “burn” three times over.  Today the children have learned that it’s bad for the environment to “burn” and have since replaced the word with “mvua” or “rain”.  They have also added a twist after clapping making the sign of rain falling down to the ground with their hands.  This is the spirit of the Pasha Moto Program!

A charcoal kiln donated to a village in Southern Tanzania

Giving the Gift of Renewable Energy gives you the opportunity to donate something that is tangible, durable and life changing.  Many people have bought solar lights and Sarai Cookers to give as gifts for their family members and some individuals, organizations and companies have gone a step further and given gifts of Compact Biogas Systems (CBS), charcoal kilns, and training.

Tom McKay, an Engineering student at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, visited Tanzania and volunteered with ARTI-Tanzania for three weeks.  Tom used the funds he raised in Canada to build a Compact Biogas Systems and donate it to an orphan home in Dar es Salaam operated by KidzCare Africa.  Similarly, Mitchell Woods Primary School in Guelph, Ontario, Canada raised enough funds through their “Toonies for Tanzania” fundraiser to fund the installation of a CBS at the DogoDogo Centre in Central Dar es Salaam.

secondary students raise a Sarai Cooker donated for their renewable energy workshop

The Tanzanian National Bank of Commerce (NBC) showed their community spirit by celebrating the achievements of their Kibaha branch by donating a CBS to Beth Saida Girls School in their community.

Saving Africa Nature (SANA), a non-profit organization dedicated to community development and the preservation of Saadani National Park’s natural environment donated a charcoal kiln and training to Mkange Village.  Now, a team of villagers are producing char powder and charcoal briquettes from dry biomass rather than cutting trees.