This teaser film is about the health project of my friend Toon Dewerchin. In 2010 he started a Chulha low smoke stove project in Xieng Khuang province, in northern Laos. People there are cooking on open fire inside their houses and polluting themselves the air they breathe. 1,6 million people die each year in developing countries all over the world because of the smoke in their houses during cooking. The Chulha stove is an easy to build and modular solution designed by Philips design. You can build it nearly anywhere, has a chimney of course and you can save up to 50% of wood because it’s much more efficient than the traditional open fire. If you are interested, please check out http://www.chulha.org or http://bit.ly/1bpGbnK for more information. Or you can check my blog post for more information about filming for this Chulha teaser film http://bit.ly/1d9yqs3
If you like the project (and the film), please share or like. We’re currently building a dedicated website for the project in Laos, with much more informations. If you subscribe at http://www.chulha.org or like https://www.facebook.com/chulhastove you’ll get information as soon as everything is up and running! More information is coming soon!
Back to the film, my special thanks goes to to my friend Toon, who helped me out as an assistent, was patient in listening to my ideas and was my protagonist in my interview about the Chulha project in Laos and how it started.
My friend Xeng Xong was helping me a lot, doing the Lao translations for most of the interviews. Ms. Somphan Sysouphanthong, who is working in Muang Kham hospital, helped me to translate the interview of Dr. Thongbai Syhalat. My good old mate Michael Schagerl was great help, going through all my translations and correcting my misspellings (at least everything within the film :-)). Thank’s a lot to all of!
Last but not least, a huge thank you to Vayeng for producing and installing a Chulha for purpose of filming during a quite busy time for him.
Thank’s a lot my friends, you are awesome 🙂
Further, here are some impressions how life is in Nong Oln:
If you wanna see some making of, have a look here:
Last but not least some pictures from Hmong – New Year in Nong Oln http://www.flickr.com/photos/elpatito/sets/72157640604124603/