More than 200,000 Sudanese have fled as a result of the war in Darfur to neighboring Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world. To improve the living conditions in the refugee camps, among other things, cooking on an open fire is tackled.
Due to the lack of natural resources, women have to travel great distances to collect firewood with the risk of abuse and rape. In this project tens of thousands of refugees receive solar cookers. Since the start of the program in 2012, 3,500 families in refugee camps and surrounding villages have been equipped with solar cookers made of cardboard and aluminum foil that can be used to heat water and to cook. The solar cooker can be used 330 days a year and lasts appr. 1,5 years.
The total impact of the project
x thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced
X thousand solar cookers are used
X thousand refugees (mainly women and children) helped
The project in detail
The solar cookers are an effective alternative to the use of firewood for cooking, and use solar energy that is available in abundance in Chad. This has positive climate effects and improves health, because cooking is smokeless. Moreover, the danger to which women expose themselves by looking for firewood outside the camp is eliminated . The project also strengthens the position of women by giving them a role in the project, and without the need to collect firewood, women have more time to do other work.