WATCH: Stoveman's Uplifting Video to End Open-Fire Cooking
What’s a woodwalk? It’s the first step to making a meal in Kenya, which involves cooking over open fire. It’s also the title of the first episode, launched today, of the Paradigm Project’s web miniseries, Stove Man. The four-week long installments of short, energetic videos capture the experiences of Americans Greg Spencer and Austin Mann as they toil alongside people who live without stoves, including the Gabbra women of the Kenyan desert.
Lower respiratory infections, often caused by exposure to open-fire cooking, account for 6% of world deaths, and are the most common single cause of death in low-income countries. The Paradigm Project hopes to give 5 million families $40 stoves, the idea being to save people, trees, and money.
But it’s the stark grace of the Kenyan desert that makes this video worth your coffee break. The dun earth, the trees' sharp silhouettes against a clear sky, and the women's saturated skin and clothes make for a visual feast — no fire required.