Last updated: 14 February 2018
The genesis of the Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement began in early 1995 with the effort of Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio, living in Guinea. By 1998 he and friends were giving solar cooking demonstrations at various schools and non-profit organizations, primarily using the CooKit solar panel cooker. Later their focus would become parabolic solar cookers.
The group attended ECOWAS in 2010, which led to solar cooking demonstrations in Lomé the capital of Togo. A second ECOWAS was held in Accra Ghana in March 2011, next in Jos, Nigeria the same month, and then later again in Lomé, Togo.
- NEW: February 2018: Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio shared an update of the Environnement|Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement's recent solar cooking work:
- For three weeks in May - June, 2015, the group trained 86 students, teachers, and community members of different nationalities at the Institute of Rural Development of FARANAH, a rural development university. An SK14 parabolic solar cooker was used to cook food for participants along with the 173 CooKits which were built during the training between 23 May and 5 June 2015. The SK14 parabolic cooker was gifted to the University to encourage the staff to continue research on various food processing methods and techniques.
- In July 2016, a 3-day training was held for youth leaders in a sub-regional West African catholic scouts camp. During the training, 69 CooKits were built and an SK14 parabolic cooker was used as well.
- A CooKit made of recycled materials, including cartons collected from a local market, aluminum from a restaurant, and locally made glue was presented to delegates of the Guinean Ministry of Environment and Forests who were attending COP23 in November 2017 in Germany.
- March 2016: Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio reports that the Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement has been promoting solar thermal cooking for twenty-two years in Guinea and other other areas of West Africa. He feels by training young people with sustainable employment opportunities is helping to fight against the appeal of terrorist organizations. He is hoping to attract the attention of an NGO willing to help with their efforts. Diallo is currently in the gold mining region of Guinea to install two parabolic solar cookers and to distribute fifteen CooKit solar panel cookers to local villagers.
- 2011: The group provided a parabolic solar cooker to a group of students in Guinea as a gift.
- October 2010: The NGO participated in the regional conference ECOWAS for alternative energy in Ghana.
- August 2000: Volontaires Guineens pour l’Environnement reports they have been working on solar cooker production and promotion in Guinea since 1995. “For every one cooker that is bought, we always make sure that we fabricate one for a poor family in the rural village,” writes Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio. “By this system, we have now put in place about 250 cookers just for the village population.” Mr. Diallo reports that the Voluntaires have a solar cooking training staff but have trouble obtaining the necessary materials for building cookers.
Association des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement
Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio
Tel: +224 622 71 90 49/ 656 15 77 16