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Iridimi cookers in camp

CooKit solar panel cookers in the Iridimi Refugee Camp in Chad where all 17,000 camp residents are cooking with the sun

Solar cookers have been used in refugee camps in recent years, often with thousands of refugee families preparing a large part of their daily meals on solar cookers. Project evaluations have shown that fuelwood use has been reduced by up to 40%. Solar Cookers International has carried out projects in Kenya and Ethiopia, and is currently partnering with the KoZon Foundation, Tchad Solaire, and Jewish World Watch in the Darfur refugee camps in Chad. A November 2009 report from onsite visit to the Touloum Refugee Camp shows strong uptake of solar cooking by refugee families.

Parabolic cooker in refugee camp 2004

Parabolic cooker in Kenyan refugee camp

The refugees in some camps are not provided with any firewood to cook their daily rations. They have to travel sometime overnight as far as 30 km to collect firewood. In other camps, the refugees are not allowed to gather wood in the area surrounding the camp. In this case, the refugees may be forced to trade some of their food rations to for firewood or charcoal with which to cook their remaining meager rations.

The greatest effort is now being put into providing solar cookers for the Darfur refugees in Chad. For more information on this effort and to make a donation, please see Jewish World Watch.

News and recent developments

(See individual refugee camp pages below for more extensive news.)

Best Practices Manual

Jewish World Watch has created a manual that details what has been learned that will assure a successful refugee project: Solar Cooker Project: Best Practices Manual

Refugee camps with current solar cooking projects

Refugee camps with past solar cooking projects

See also

Manufactured solar cooker models suitable for transport to refugee camps

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