JAN 99] INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY PRESS RELEASE
Prince Charles Opens Midlands Charity HQ
HRH The Prince Of Wales will visit he international development charity, Intermediate
Technology at its new headquarters in Warwickshire.
Intermediate technology is an international Development organisation working in the
Third World to build the technical skills of poor people, enabling them to work themselves
out of poverty.
His Royal Highness will rename the site The Schumacher Centre for Technology and
Development. He will also tour an exhibition which illustrates how the
charitys work increases peoples income, improves their lives and helps them
protect the environment. Practical hands on demonstrations will show the
Chris Underhill, Intermediate Technologys Chief Executive said of the visit,
"I am delighted that His Royal Highness is taking time out of busy schedule to
show his continuing support for the organisation. He became our Patron in 1980 and has
been an excellent advocate of our work in the intervening years. He will be opening The
Schumacher Centre for Technology and Development which will become a visual expression of
the role that appropriate technology can play in developing countries."
Over the next ten years the Centre will become an international focus for public and
specialist interest in appropriate technology. It will also become a forum to nurture
cutting edge ideas on sustainable development.
The demonstrations will include the following:
A section of a ferro-cement roof that Maasai women in Kenya
build to suit their increasingly sedentary way of life. The demonstration illustrates how
the women work with Intermediate Technology to improve their housing and water shortage
through the development and application of appropriate building technologies.
An illustration of indoor smoke pollution and Intermediate
Technologys Household Health Project. His Royal Highness will be invited to test the
equipment used to monitor smoke levels generated by the Kenyan wood burning stoves
(traditional and improved).
His Royal Highness will also have an opportunity to view
the charitys work with solar lanterns.
His Royal Highness will be shown a hive being used in
Zimbabwe to improve bee keeping and honey production.
Lucja Wisniewska 01788 661100
TO ATTEND INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY OPENING - 18 JAN 99