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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%. Integrated cooking projects have been established in refugee camps Eastern Africa and Nepal. A November 2009 report from onsite visit to the Touloum Refugee Camp in Chad shows strong uptake of integrated cooking by refugee families.

Parabolic cooker in refugee camp 2004

Parabolic cooker in Kenyan refugee camp

The refugees in some camps are not given any firewood to cook their daily rations. They have to travel, sometimes 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 for firewood or charcoal with which to cook their remaining meager rations.

As of 2012, Jewish World Watch reports that as a result of a joint security force between Chad and Sudan, violence against women has declined some since the project began seven years ago. Cord, their partner at the Farchana Refugee Camp, sees solar cooking as a way to keep girls in school, and not spending hours finding fuelwood for cooking.

Most significant projects


  • The Solar Cooker Project helps to improve the lives of Darfur refugees living in Chad - More than 50,000 people in four Darfur refugee camps in Eastern Chad are using locally made solar CooKits designed by Solar Cookers International. The project is run by Tchad Solaire and by the British NGO CORD. It is funded by Jewish World Watch and the Kozon Foundation. The project has improved the safety and survival of the women in the refugee camps. Previously, they were faced with dangerous and arduous trips outside the camps to collect scarce firewood.

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

Manufactured solar cooker models suitable for transport to refugee camps

See also

Articles in the media

Audio and video

  • July 2011::
    TAHA CHAMCHIHA Solar Cooking in the Sahel-023:45

    TAHA CHAMCHIHA Solar Cooking in the Sahel-0

    TAHA CHAMCHIHA Solar Cooking in the Sahel

  • March 2013:
    TAHA CHAMCHIHA Cuisine Solaire au Sahel23:45

    TAHA CHAMCHIHA Cuisine Solaire au Sahel

    Dans les camps Tchadiens de refugiés provenant de Darfur le NGO "tchad Solaire" a introduit le "solar cooker", sur lequel les refugiés peuvent cuisiner, evitant ainsi le deboisement et le danger d´etre ataqué en sortant du camp. Ces simples cuisines solaires sont produits par les refugiés eux memes, sur place.

  • [[Video:Les femmes réfugiées du Darfour cuisinent solaire|thumb|350px|left|VIdeo shows hundreds of CooKits in use at the Touloum Refugee Camp in Chad.]]
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  • [[Video:Jewish_World_Watch_Solar_Cooker_Project|380px|none|The Women of Iridimi]]

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