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[18 JAN 99] INTERMEDIATE TECHNOLOGY PRESS RELEASE
Prince Charles Opens Midlands Charity HQ

Today 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 charity’s work increases peoples’ income, improves their lives and helps them protect the environment. Practical ‘hands on’ demonstrations will show the technologies involved.

Chris Underhill, Intermediate Technology’s 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.

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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 Technology’s 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 charity’s work with solar lanterns.

His Royal Highness will be shown a hive being used in Zimbabwe to improve bee keeping and honey production.

MORE INFORMATION: 
Lucja Wisniewska  01788 661100

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