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<span style="font-size:11pt">[[Solar Cookers International]] no longer operates its own office in East Africa, though it remains active in Kenya through partnerships with community-based organizations. The material below regarding activities conducted out of SCI's former East Africa office is provided for historical reference only.</span>
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''<span style="font-size:11pt">[[Solar Cookers International]] no longer operates its own office in East Africa, though it remains active in Kenya through partnerships with community-based organizations. The material below regarding activities conducted out of SCI's former East Africa office is provided for historical reference only.</span>
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[[Image:Nyakach trainers ready to serve solar cooked food.jpg|left|300px]]
 
[[Image:Nyakach trainers ready to serve solar cooked food.jpg|left|300px]]
The '''[[Solar Cookers International]] East Africa Office'''managed solar cooker field projects that served tens of thousands of families in various East African countries.
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The '''[[Solar Cookers International]] East Africa Office''' managed solar cooker field projects that served tens of thousands of families in various East African countries.
 
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==Partners 2005-2010==
 
==Partners 2005-2010==
(Numbers represent solar oven counts)
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(Numbers represent solar oven counts)
 
[[File:SCI-EA_Partner_Counts.jpg|670px]]
 
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==News and recent developments==
 
==News and recent developments==
[[File:SCI_Kisumu_3-7-11.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Uganda]] LGH Director, Amberle Reyes, visits [[Solar Cookers International]] demonstration in Kisumu.]]
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*'''April 2013:''' [[Solar Cookers International]] closes its East Africa Office.
*'''March 2011: [[Light Gives Heat]] visits [[Solar Cookers International]] demonstration in Kisumu, [[Uganda]]''' - Light Gives Heat is a non-profit promoting grass-root economic sustainability and creative endeavors in [[Africa]]. Ugandan Director, Amberle Reyes and a staff member recently visited a demonstration of sustainable cooking methods sponsored by [[Solar Cookers International]]. It included traditional fixed and portable earthenware stoves, called upesi in Kiswahili, which more efficiently use charcoal or wood as fuel, [[CooKit]] [[solar panel cooker]]s, and [[Heat-retention cooking]] baskets. They were most interested in solar cookers and fireless baskets. Locals were initially attracted to solar cooking not because of the possibility of saving money by buying less fuel, or the health benefits of indoor smoke reduction, but because solar cookers can bake cakes. Cake is seen as a "rich person food", and LGH saw an entrepreneurial opportunity: Cakes are sold for weddings and birthdays. Most people cannot make high quality cakes because of the irregular temperatures of charcoal and wood stoves, but solar cookers bake perfect, moist cakes with very little worry of burning or overcooking. At the end of March, SCI staff will bring CookIts and fireless baskets to Jinja and demonstrate first-hand their effectiveness to all their employees. Light Gives Heat has received an 8,000 USD grant to supply their Uganda Artisans with these solar cookers. [http://hope.lightgivesheat.org/blog/sustainable-cooking More Information and photos...]
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[[File:SCI_Kisumu_3-7-11.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Light Gives Heat]] Director, Amberle Reyes visits [[Solar Cookers International]] demonstration in Kisumu.]]
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*'''March 2011: [[Light Gives Heat]] visits [[Solar Cookers International]] demonstration in Kisumu, [[Uganda]]''' - [[Light Gives Heat]] is a non-profit promoting grass-root economic sustainability and creative endeavors in [[Africa]]. Ugandan Director, Amberle Reyes and a staff member recently visited a demonstration of sustainable cooking methods sponsored by [[Solar Cookers International]]. It included traditional fixed and portable earthenware stoves, called upesi in Kiswahili, which more efficiently use charcoal or wood as fuel, [[CooKit]] [[solar panel cooker]]s, and [[Heat-retention cooking]] baskets. They were most interested in solar cookers and fireless baskets. Locals were initially attracted to solar cooking not because of the possibility of saving money by buying less fuel, or the health benefits of indoor smoke reduction, but because solar cookers can bake cakes. Cake is seen as a "rich person food", and LGH saw an entrepreneurial opportunity: Cakes are sold for weddings and birthdays. Most people cannot make high quality cakes because of the irregular temperatures of charcoal and wood stoves, but solar cookers bake perfect, moist cakes with very little worry of burning or overcooking. At the end of March, SCI staff will bring CookIts and fireless baskets to Jinja and demonstrate first-hand their effectiveness to all their employees. Light Gives Heat has received an 8,000 USD grant to supply their Uganda Artisans with these solar cookers. [http://hope.lightgivesheat.org/blog/sustainable-cooking More Information and photos...]
 
* '''January 2011: African solar cooking partnership project visited by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the [[United States|U.S.]] Vice President.''' [[Lift Up Africa]] is a strong believer that partnering and sharing resources is a key to successful implementation and sustainability. This project was designed to introduce solar cooking and related technologies to ten communities in [[Kenya]]. The partnership relied on [[Africa HEART]], a Kenyan-based NGO recently visited by Vice President Biden’s wife Dr. Jill Biden, to identify three community groups in each district, the fifty trainees in each community, and training venues. Africa Heart covered expenses and handling logistics related to transport for the solar cooking equipment, distribution venues, and follow-up on usage and other needs. Solar Cookers International East Africa Office (SCI-EA) provided the trainers and supplies, written reports, and conducted the training. [[Lift Up Africa]] provided a grant to cover direct expenses related to equipment purchase and SCI-EA’s travel, partnership connections, and worked with Africa Heart on follow-up and project evaluation. This project was a success and 150 families, approximately 1,200 people, have benefitted from their new training and solar cooking equipment. This project demonstrates the value of independent organizations working together, each providing their area of expertise, to achieve substantial results. Hopefully, this will be a continuing pattern for projects initiated by members of the [[Solar Cookers World Network]].
 
* '''January 2011: African solar cooking partnership project visited by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the [[United States|U.S.]] Vice President.''' [[Lift Up Africa]] is a strong believer that partnering and sharing resources is a key to successful implementation and sustainability. This project was designed to introduce solar cooking and related technologies to ten communities in [[Kenya]]. The partnership relied on [[Africa HEART]], a Kenyan-based NGO recently visited by Vice President Biden’s wife Dr. Jill Biden, to identify three community groups in each district, the fifty trainees in each community, and training venues. Africa Heart covered expenses and handling logistics related to transport for the solar cooking equipment, distribution venues, and follow-up on usage and other needs. Solar Cookers International East Africa Office (SCI-EA) provided the trainers and supplies, written reports, and conducted the training. [[Lift Up Africa]] provided a grant to cover direct expenses related to equipment purchase and SCI-EA’s travel, partnership connections, and worked with Africa Heart on follow-up and project evaluation. This project was a success and 150 families, approximately 1,200 people, have benefitted from their new training and solar cooking equipment. This project demonstrates the value of independent organizations working together, each providing their area of expertise, to achieve substantial results. Hopefully, this will be a continuing pattern for projects initiated by members of the [[Solar Cookers World Network]].
 
*'''November 2010: (Emuhaya)''' Early this year, Solar Cookers International East Africa Office, using funds from Goldman Foundation, piloted the Safe Water project in Emuhaya District. This involved identifying vulnerable families and making them aware of the status of their water, by testing their water source, interpreting the results with them and then training them how to make it safe for drinking. One hundred households were selected by the community to be part of the pilot project. Safe water storage is becoming part of life for these pilot families, and a reduction in water borne diseases as well as more productive lives by the people of this community is expected. Another one hundred families are in the process of receiving their water treatment training.
 
*'''November 2010: (Emuhaya)''' Early this year, Solar Cookers International East Africa Office, using funds from Goldman Foundation, piloted the Safe Water project in Emuhaya District. This involved identifying vulnerable families and making them aware of the status of their water, by testing their water source, interpreting the results with them and then training them how to make it safe for drinking. One hundred households were selected by the community to be part of the pilot project. Safe water storage is becoming part of life for these pilot families, and a reduction in water borne diseases as well as more productive lives by the people of this community is expected. Another one hundred families are in the process of receiving their water treatment training.

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