In Armenia just over a year ago, we worked with some wonderful people in the plateaus of the Caucasus Mountains. These Yezide Kurds are amongst the poorest people groups of the region. Those we met are hard working, wonderful people who earn very, very little money. We felt bad knowing they heat their homes and cook their food with bricks made of dried cow poop. This photo shows a mound of hay which the animals can eat during the winter and mounds of cow poop to use in cooking/heating.
Their region provides very little wood for fires and they use the resources available to them.
A pastor with whom we worked said if he and the people of his church could help their neighbors utilize something besides the norm for their fuel it would make a huge difference.
Chad, one of Convoy of Hope’s former interns, is in Armenia right now. Among his various projects, he’s helping these Yezide Kurds use something much better than cow poop to use as fuel. Coffee.
Java Logs are bricks made of coffee ground. They’re not a new thing, but they are in the plateaus of the Caucas Mountains. Chad’s using local resources, including coffee grounds from area hotels and restaurants to test java logs with these great people.
He’s still working on the best local resource for the wax that helps keep the java logs together, but from what I’ve heard from him, overall things are going well. Pray for the right wax combination and source so the project can spread across the area…
I love innovation.
What are some innovative things you’ve seen to help people where you live or around the world?