Last updated: 19 March 2016
Derk Rijks is a volunteer with the KoZon Foundation. He has worked extensively in the Darfur refugee camps in Chad with his organization, Tchad Solaire. Dr. Rijks is an engineer with Agrometeorological Applications Associates in France.
Recent news and developments
- May 2013: Solar cookers preparing food for 130,000 people daily at the refugee camps in Chad - Derk Rijks, a volunteer with the KoZon Foundation, recently responded to Jewish World Watch with this note of appreciation. "Last week I was at the Touloum Refugee Camp. The chief of the workshop, Fatimé, told me there were new arrivals. We walked over to the last of the dunes and there was one woman who had just walked in with four kids, sitting in the sand. Her village was bombed one week ago, and she had fled to escape the Janjaweed, walking for seven nights. Fatimé looked at me, I nodded, 'yes', and in the next few hours she had her cooker and started her solar cooker training, even before she had a shelter. No words needed, no paper needed. That is the way your contribution works." He also explains that in the six camps where they work in Chad, and in the villages of the population around the camps about 29,000 families now do solar cooking, and about 130,000 people are eating solar cooked meals. In this part of the world solar cooking works about 300 days a year. From the empty bags of the food shipped in by the World Food Programme, and the snippets of aluminum foil and cardboard left over from the manufacture of the cookers, the refugees make "thermos baskets" to keep the food, cooked between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., warm until the evening meal at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. They do not have to search for wood so much any more and there are far fewer conflicts for that reason. As one of the elected representatives of the women refugees said: "Solar cooking brings us justice and peace".
Articles in the media
- February 2009: Simple Tool That Saves Women's Lives - Parade Magazine
- Agrometeorological Applications Associates
- July 2006: Use and Manufacture of CooKits in a Refugee Camp, Iridimi, Chad
- Tchad Solaire
- Refugee camps
- Iridimi Refugee Camp
- Jewish World Watch
Agrometeorological Applications Associates
F-01213 Ferney-Voltaire Cedex
Tel.: +33 450 40 88 41
Fax.: +33 450 40 88 42
Derk Rijks can be contacted also through Tchad Solaire.