World Cultures Study Group members and guests welcomed Brandeis faculty member Robert Lange who is also the Founder and President of the International Collaborative to share his innovative work with the Maasai in Tanzania. Joined by Elise Willer, student SID/Heller, Bob presented an informal discussion on his project “Maasai stoves and solar project” that has had profound impact on gender, environment and health among the Maasai.
Bob’s project focuses on what really makes a difference which in this case is removing smoke from homes. Collectively working with the community in developing stoves Bob brought the science and its practice to result in cumulative changes in the lives of women, men and children. As Elise very appropriately said, it is a “holistic” development approach with different components such as water harvesting, tourism, education – all of which make this effort very dynamic. (Rajashree)