Not long ago I managed to record a quick–and badly lit–video interview with Chad Stokes (from the band State Radio) and Sybil Gallagher (from State Radio’s organization Calling All Crows) backstage before their sold-out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom.
In this three-minute clip, Chad and Sybil talk about how State Radio is supporting Oxfam America’s work distributing stoves to poor families, especially women, in Darfur, Sudan, and how you can get involved:
Why is Oxfam distributing stoves in Darfur? Designed with the input of local women, the different models of fuel-efficient stoves can increase security for women and girls in this conflict-affected region; dramatically reduce the cost of purchasing fuel for poor families; or cut the time that women spend preparing meals, giving them more opportunities to earn a decent income outside the home.
Pretty cool benefits from a two-foot-tall, odd-looking metal contraption.
In fact, if you plan on hitting one of State Radio’s shows this summer you can actually see one type of stove used in the project on display at the merch booth. Look for the band (and the stove) at these upcoming dates:
5/08/09 – Wilton, CT @ Wilton High School 7/09/09 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/10/09 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
7/25/09 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes