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Although '''Solar Cooking Netherlands''' (SCN) started in [[Eritrea]] in 2004, since 2007 SCN is also active in [[Ethiopia]], [[Uganda]], and [[Somalia|Somalia/Puntland]] and contributes with the projects to 5 of the 8 [[United Nations Millennium Development Goals]].
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'''Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon''' (SCN-KoZon) started in [[Eritrea]] in 2004, but since then it has also been active in [[Ethiopia]], [[Uganda]], and [[Somalia|Somalia/Puntland]] since 2007. SCN-KoZon reports that its projects contribute to five of the eight [[United Nations Millennium Development Goals]]. It has now merged with the [[KoZon Foundation]].
 
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The introduction of the [[CooKit]] has been the start of the SCN projects. The weather conditions seemed to be changing and gradually it became clear the CooKit has to be combined with other wood saving technologies, such as [[hay basket]], heat-saving ovens, the more expensive solar box and the parabolic cooker for collective use. Together with [[water pasteurization]] we call this: Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) [aka [[Integrated Cooking Method]]]. Solar Cooking NL is involved as well in the development of a high temperature cooker to bake [[injera]] (type of pancake).
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The introduction of the [[CooKit]] was the start of SCN-KoZon projects. The weather conditions seemed to be changing and gradually it became clear the CooKit needed to be combined with other wood saving technologies, such as [[hay basket]], heat-saving ovens, the more expensive [[solar box cooker]], and the [[parabolic cooker]] for [[Institutional solar cooking|collective use]]. Together with [[water pasteurization]] we call this: Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) [aka [[Integrated Cooking Method]]]. Solar Cooking NL is involved as well in the development of a high temperature cooker to bake [[injera]] (type of pancake).
 
 
In addition to the CooKit we also provide information about the use of a hay basket in which the cooking process can be finished.
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In addition to use of the CooKit we also provide information about the use of a hay basket, where the cooking process can be finished.
 
Although wood-saving stoves are not really part of solar cooking, we do provide information about them where relevant.
 
Although wood-saving stoves are not really part of solar cooking, we do provide information about them where relevant.
 
The term Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) refers to a combination of the three elements, [[CooKit]], [[hay basket]] and [[Rocket Stove|wood-saving stove]].
 
The term Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) refers to a combination of the three elements, [[CooKit]], [[hay basket]] and [[Rocket Stove|wood-saving stove]].
 
 
 
After more then 4 years of experience with our projects, Solar Cooking Netherlands adjusts its vision and points of departure. The most important points out of our report '''Integrated Solar cooking and Water Pasteurization a Conceptual Framework''', introduced by the foundation [http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/?p=212&t=3 Solar Cooking Netherlands] in December 2008 [Thomas et al]:
 
After more then 4 years of experience with our projects, Solar Cooking Netherlands adjusts its vision and points of departure. The most important points out of our report '''Integrated Solar cooking and Water Pasteurization a Conceptual Framework''', introduced by the foundation [http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/?p=212&t=3 Solar Cooking Netherlands] in December 2008 [Thomas et al]:
*SCN will stimulate quality of life for poor African women and
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*SCN-KoZon will stimulate quality of life for poor African women and
 
*In the same time contribute to environmental protection
 
*In the same time contribute to environmental protection
*SCN will create possibilities for local initiatives and entrepreneurship through introduction of solar cooking and other sustainable resources of energy for cooking, food cultivation and water purification for mother and child
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*SCN-KoZon will create possibilities for local initiatives and entrepreneurship through introduction of solar cooking and other sustainable resources of energy for cooking, food cultivation and water purification for mother and child
*With this all SCN give support to diminish the deforestation in this African countries.
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*With this all SCN-KoZon give support to diminish the deforestation in this African countries.
SCN tries to reach the mentioned goals through:
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SCN-KoZon tries to reach the mentioned goals through:
 
*to focus on the families with the lowest income
 
*to focus on the families with the lowest income
 
*to develop strategies and resources of Integrated Sustainable Cooking, food processing and water purification through which they become available
 
*to develop strategies and resources of Integrated Sustainable Cooking, food processing and water purification through which they become available
   
SCN chairwoman [[Clara Thomas]] is currently organizing follow-up meetings with new solar cooks to collect feedback and discuss challenges and success. According to Ms. Thomas, evaluation and adaptation are essential. "In this way," she says, "a tradition of thousands of years of firewood cooking can be transformed to solar cooking with purely the sun as heat source." At least one woman in the Hagaz village seems already convinced. Of her experiences thus far, she says, "We prepare goat, rice, lentils and shiro in the [[CooKit]] and the taste is excellent!"
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SCN-KoZon chairwoman [[Clara Thomas]] is currently organizing follow-up meetings with new solar cooks to collect feedback and discuss challenges and success. According to Ms. Thomas, evaluation and adaptation are essential. "In this way," she says, "a tradition of thousands of years of firewood cooking can be transformed to solar cooking with purely the sun as heat source." At least one woman in the Hagaz village seems already convinced. Of her experiences thus far, she says, "We prepare goat, rice, lentils and shiro in the [[CooKit]] and the taste is excellent!"
   
==News and recent developments==
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*'''February 2013:''' SCN reports their [[Uganda]] partner, [[Solar Connect Association]], under the direction of Kawesa Mukasa, has his promising ISC Small Enterprise, is now making a profit and is completely financially independent. Thirty people are generating income by manuafacturing, public promotion and marketing activities, all combined with intensive ISC sale programs. We are really very impressed by their work and consider this as a model for other ISC initiatives. SCA has been invited by NGOs in [[Ethiopia]]/ and Addis Ababa University to perform an ISC training to thirty young people and future small enterprise employees on the Improved [[CooKit]], April 1-5 in Ethiopia; In Ethiopia SCN together with partner HoA-REC (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center), twenty Renewable Energy Centers for Rural Households are being built and developed. In all the centers integrating solar cookers will be part of the small enterprise. HoA-REC and SCN assigned Fikirte Regassa Beyene being SCN representative in Ethiopia and becoming ISC expert for Ethiopia. She has an important innovative and organizational responsibility.
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[[File:Solar_Connect_Association_center_2015.jpg|thumb|300px|The Renewable Energy Centre]]
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*{{NewJan16}}'''January 2016:''' Since 2007 [http://wildeganzen.nl Wilde Ganzen] and [[Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon]] have supported the Solar Cooking project in [[Uganda]], implemented by [[Solar Connect Association]] (SCA). Mid-2013 a business plan was decided on, including a schedule of [[Integrated Solar Cooking]] (ISC) activities during the following five years. In the course of 2014 it became clear that the objective of financial independence had been achieved. The business expanded from Mbarara in the South West. In 2014 construction of a Renewable Energy Centre with larger ISC production, training and distribution facilities was started with financial support from Wilde Ganzen and SCN-KoZon. In its beautiful location on the main road between Uganda, [[The Congo]], [[Tanzania]] and [[Rwanda]], the building, fitted out with solar panels, is ready to continue and expand its activities. In short, SCA is the owner of a social Solar Cooking business for the production, marketing and sale of solar and other energy-saving cooking appliances. The small Solar Cooking enterprise is doing well. In 2014 it sold 5,460 [[CooKit]] sets, 2,540 [[hay basket]]s and 5,040 [[wood-saving cooking appliance]]s. A promising development. In the year ahead solar lamps and very small solar panels will be sold as well. SCA is investigating which other energy-friendly appliances could best be marketed and included in the assortment of clean energy cooking appliances. In the coming years serious efforts will be made as well to expand the market into other regions in Uganda.
   
[[File:Awra_Amba.jpg|thumb|Solar cooking project in Awra Amba, [[Ethiopia]]]]
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*{{NewJan16}}'''January 2016:''' [[Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon]] reports: "We have carefully continued this trend in the latest project together with the [[Association des Femmes Ingénieurs du Mali]] (AFIMA) in Tiby, in the Segou area. Eight hundred and fifty Women have been trained. From this group, four cooperatives have been created. They were to continue as businesses that would disseminate solar cooking while being coached by AFIMA. However, our partner has decided that it prefers to continue with other charitable projects. We are therefore going our separate ways The new Renewable Energy Centre near Mbarara ISC information and promotion in Ethiopia for the time being. It is regrettable because AFIMA has been of great value in the dissemination of ISC in Mali. To ensure that the cooperatives will be able to continue, we are attempting to link them to the [[Togo Tilé]] project."
*'''December 2012:''' A new Solar Cooking Business is started in Awra Amba, [[Ethiopia]] an exceptional community north Ethiopia. Together with [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]] the action plan is completed and the construction of the production centre is started in the village's distinctive building style: a wooden construction finished with a mixture of available loam and soil. The production of [[CooKits]], [[hay basket]]s and [[Rocket Stove|wood-saving stoves]] is to start next spring. [[Solar box cooker]]s will be introduced and produced as well. After about three years, the project will be financially independent.
 
   
[[File:Solar_Cooking_Netherlands_in_Ethiopia,_11-12-122.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Solar Cooking Netherlands]] promotes the [[Integrated Cooking Method]] in [[Ethiopia]].]]
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*'''November 2012:''' Solar Cooking Foundation in the Netherlands promotes the Integrated Cooking Method in Rural Ethiopia - The [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]] project in [[Ethiopia]] to promote the [[Integrated Cooking Method]] included using the [[Cookit]], [[Heat-retention cooking|heat retention baskets]], [[solar box cooker]]s, [[solar dryer]]s and [[water pasteurization indicator]]s (WAPI). In addition to these appliances, SCN further integrates and promotes energy efficient stoves including the Mirt and Tikikil stoves. Read more at: [[Media:ETHIOPIA_HORN_OF_AFRICA.pdf|Solar Cooking Netherlands addresses Energy Problems in rural Ethiopia.]]
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*{{NewJan16}}'''January 2016:''' Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon reports: "An extensive EU Renewable Energy Technology project (RET) was started in [[Ethiopia]] in 2001 of which Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) is part. In total 20 RET workshops have been built in six provinces across Ethiopia. Production and distribution (sale) of solar, biogas and wood-saving cooking appliances started at the end of 2015. In 2014 and 2015 large-scale public promotion and training of local employees took place. At the same time a start was made with the marketing of solar lamps and small solar panels (to charge cell phones, radios). The [[Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network]] (HoA-ReC/N), a department of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Addis Ababa manages the project. Solar Cooking The Netherlands (SCN-KoZon), as a partner in this project, is since 2011 responsible for the transfer of ISC and has contributed financially on a yearly basis. In 2011 SCN-KoZon appointed Fikirte Regassa Beyene as its representative and solar cooking expert in Ethiopia. Today Fikirte R.B. is still in office as project officer and member of HoA-ReC/N's Energy staff. In 2012 a Solar Cooking business was set up in the community of Awura Amba (North Ethiopia). Its implementation is in the hands of the NGO ORDA in collaboration with the village's staff. A large ISC workshop was built in 2013. Currently a lot of effort is put into the marketing and sale of ISC cooking appliances." [[Media:Solar Cooking the Netherlands - KoZon newsletter Newsletter 2015.pdf|Read more...]]
   
*'''Febuary 2012:''' The first National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) organised by [[HOAREC/N]] took place in Addis Ababa. The NPSC has the overall responsibility on quality control, development and - assurance related to the objectives of the European Union RET / EE project for [[Integrated Solar Cooking]] in [[Ethiopia]] in three areas. The target group is 10,000 households. [[Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands]] (SCN) is Associated Partner in this project and member of the NPSC.
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*{{NewJan16}}'''December 2015:''' Solar Cooking the Netherlands - KoZon has published their [[Media:Solar Cooking the Netherlands - KoZon newsletter Newsletter 2015.pdf|December 2015 newsletter]]
   
*'''October 2011:'''[[HOAREC/N]] organized an Inception Workshop for all participating partners and a launching meeting as formal kick off of the European Union RET / EE project for [[Integrated Solar Cooking]].
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*{{NewDec15}}'''December 2015:''' Solar Cooking Netherlands has merged with the [[KoZon Foundation]]. [http://www.solarcooking.nl/nieuws/leesverder_uk.asp?p=241&n=21173,4950231481&t=3&/Nieuws/&/On_to_the_merger_with_KoZon/ More information...]
   
*'''August 2011:'''<span lang="EN-GB" style="">European Union (EU) approved a large project on renewable Energy . </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="">Objective of the EU project: development of 20 Renewable Energy - and Energy Efficient Technology </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="">(RET / EE) </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="">Centres spread over three districts in Ethiopia. [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Integrated_Cooking_Method Integrated Solar Cooking] will be integral part of the production, promotion, marketing and distribution in the different areas. [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/SCN Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands (SCN)] is Associated partner in this project. Main responsibility of </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="">[http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/SCN Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands (SCN)]</span> <span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language:EN-GB">is transfer of [http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Integrated_Cooking_Method ISC] and Social business know-how.</span>
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*{{NewJan16}}'''January 2015:''' SCA in [[Uganda]] continues to increase its sales of [[Integrated Solar Cooking]] (ISC) products. The objective is to distribute 10,000 ISC cooking appliances per year. This includes parabolic reflectors! SCA operates independently from SCN-KoZon. New construction in Biharwe continues to be delayed. SCN-KoZon is sponsoring this new construction. HoAREC works together with 6 NGOs on the construction of 20 centres. In six of the 20 centres, CooKits, hay baskets and WAPIs will be produced. Nine centres have been completed of which six are ready to start. Fikirte Regassa, SCN-KoZon's representative at HoAREC's is making tremendous efforts in assisting the work of the NGOs. This includes training sessions that she organises in the provinces where the centres will soon start production and sales. She also carries out many coordination tasks. Awara Amba has now produced enough ISC products to start focusing on sales. NGO ORDA is currently finalising its advisory tasks, including the organisation of a meeting with all Awara Amba authorities that will in future support the market development efforts.
   
*'''October 2011: '''[[Solar Cooking Netherlands]] (SCN) has placed second the for most sustainable project in [[Ethiopia]] in a contest sponsored by Ethiopia Projects. This is a collaboration between [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=SEM&search=tag SEM] [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ENNOS&search=tag ENNOS] and [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ENVV&search=tag ENVV]. SCN is very proud to share this prize: See [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PT2cLksXUI YouTube video with SCN in the picture].
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[[File:Renewable_Energy_for_Cooking_Resource_Center,_Uganda,_3-3-14.jpg|thumb|300px|Renewable Energy for Cooking Resource Center, Biharwe, [[Uganda]]]]
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*'''March 2014: Cooking Resource Center under construction in Biharwe''' - [[Kawesa Mukasa]], director for the [[Solar Connect Association]], reports that construction is underway for the Renewable Energy for Cooking Resource Center located in Biharwe, [[Uganda]]. The center will provide all types of fuel efficient cook stoves, both solar and biomass, and will be fabricated at the center. The center will also distribute information on renewable energy for cooking and train young people to create small scale enterprises in fabrication and distribution of solar cookers and efficient biomass stoves. The construction of the Renewable Energy Center is being funded by [[SCA]] with support from [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]] and Wilde Ganzen.
   
*'''October 2010: [[Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands]] (SCN) restructures and makes a change to business approach'''.<br />For over 6 years, SCN has supported solar cooking projects in East Africa, i.e. [[Eritrea]], [[Ethiopia]] ([[PISDA]]), [[Somalia]], and [[Uganda]] ([[SCA]]). Initially, SCN projects roughly adhered to the folowing scenario: Local NGO's submitted requests to SCN. Upon approval by the Board, SCN started the fundraising process. During all these years, Wild Ganzen added a financial support of 70% gross to all donations obtained by SCN.<br />The woman in the projects buy [[CooKit]]s, [[Rocket stove|wood-saving cooking appliances]], and [[hay basket]]s at subsidised prices. At the monthly cooking meetings, led by locally chosen female instructors, women learn the "new cooking methods". The NGOs handle public promotion so that support is increased in the various regions.<br />Even though the NGOs were enthusiastic about the results of solar cooking as a solution to the consequences of deforestation, SCN gradually recognized that in no way did it produce a fully sustainable approach. Indeed, the NGO in the project country remains financial dependent. SCN faced the challenge of reaching a business approach together with its local partners. This must lead to a financial independent position. For SCN this means a change from a charitable, coordinating and counseling approach to an advisory, supporting role.<br />The solar cooking projects did already have quite a lot of experience with production, marketing, information and education, a sound basis for a business approach. This paved the way to integration into the local economy. Women's central position in all local economy activities grows steadily as well. This enables SCN to reduce its financial support over a period of 3 to 5 years! SCN's support for all new projects focuses on a business cost-covering developement.
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[[File:Olivia_Kanyesigye_ICM_demonstration,_8-15-13.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Olivia Kanyesigye]] (in black suit) and Henk Crietee, from [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]], at an integrated solar cooking demonstration in [[Uganda]], August 2013.]]
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*'''August 2013: Uganda NGO with proven profitability plans for expansion at new location''' - Henk Crietee, from [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]], was in [[Uganda]] for two weeks in early August to evaluate [[Solar Connect Association]] (SCA) project activities. During Crietee's visit, a piece of land was secured in Mbarara, on which SCA will construct a building to house a new Renewable Energy Center. Integrated solar cooking appliances will be produced, advertised and sold from this new location, which will offer better exposure for their products to local residents, tourists, and political opinion leaders. While SCA has shown itself to be relatively self sufficient in terms of covering operation costs, through the sales of solar cookers, [[hay basket]]s and [[rocket stoves]], they cannot afford yet to construct a new building. Participation by Solar Cooking Netherlands with help in securing the land has been appreciated. Donors wishing to help contribute to the building construction can contact [[Solar Cooking Netherlands]]. This fledgling effort is another example that demonstrates solar cooking, and related integrated cooking methods, can be a successful business by incorporating local manufacturing, sales, and long term consumer support.
   
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*'''February 2013:''' SCN-KoZon reports their [[Uganda]] partner, [[Solar Connect Association]], under the direction of Kawesa Mukasa, has his promising ISC Small Enterprise, is now making a profit and is completely financially independent. Thirty people are generating income by manuafacturing, public promotion and marketing activities, all combined with intensive ISC sale programs. We are really very impressed by their work and consider this as a model for other ISC initiatives. SCA has been invited by NGOs in [[Ethiopia]]/ and Addis Ababa University to perform an ISC training to thirty young people and future small enterprise employees on the Improved [[CooKit]], April 1-5 in Ethiopia; In Ethiopia SCN-KoZon together with partner HoA-REC (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center), twenty Renewable Energy Centers for Rural Households are being built and developed. In all the centers integrating solar cookers will be part of the small enterprise. HoA-REC and SCN-KoZon assigned Fikirte Regassa Beyene being SCN-KoZon representative in Ethiopia and becoming ISC expert for Ethiopia. She has an important innovative and organizational responsibility.
*'''July 2010:''' [[Hans Le Noble]] reports record [[CooKit]] sales. For the third year running, Solar Cooking Netherlands (SCN) has worked together with [[Solar Connect Association]] (SCA) in [[Uganda]]. In addition to information delivery about and lobbying for the use of solar energy and wood-saving cooking techniques in Uganda, SCA produces and sells the complete range of related cooking appliances. SCA also takes care of the requisite training for the users, mainly women, in the Mbarara district in southern Uganda, close to the borders with [[Rwanda]] and [[Tanzania]]. SCA is by now active in 10 rural villages and has a smoothly running shop plus information centre in the town of Mbarara. In the past 2 years, nearly 4,200 households (about 25,000 people) switched to solar energy and wood-saving cooking techniques. It is expected that in the current year another 2,200 households will follow. A household thus saves on average €0.50 per day or €180.- per year, a considerable amount for “low-income” households! Millions of kilos of [[charcoal]] and [[firewood]] are saved annually! Hence less deforestation! The Mbarara programme is supposed to reach its break-even point by the end of 2010 and will from on then continue to operate as an independent and self-supporting unit. Energy-saving cooking will then become an accepted and sustainable alternative for a large part of the Ugandan population and will reduce its need for development aid. In November 2009, Hans Le Noble paid a working visit as ([https://www.pum.nl/iPublish/iPublishContent.nsf/$$Homepage?login&Language=EN/ PUM]) Netherlands senior expert to the SCA Mbarara project. Improved or new production and marketing techniques such as direct selling, market expansion, production outsourcing and attention to quality and design were recommended, discussed and implemented. All this has contributed to the record sale of 750 CooKits in the 4th quarter of 2009! Two instructors/marketers work fulltime in Mbarara together with 14 female instructors and 1 instructor (indeed, one man!) on a commission basis, plus another saleswoman/instructor in the shop. Demonstrations and training meetings were organised every day in villages as well as in town. To promote even further ‘integrated solar and fuel-saving cooking’, a sales and distribution centre is to be opened in the Kampala region, hopefully as early as in 2010. This centre will buy the solar CooKits from the Mbarara production centre, which will create a sounder production basis. Financing discussions are under way with other NGOs. The objective is to distribute 2,200 CooKits in the first 12 months of 2010.
 
   
*'''March 2010:''' Besides working with their own projects, [[SCN]] has developed a relationship with the Cooking with the Sun Foundation, [[KoZon]], to intensify their efforts to promote solar cooking in Africa. KoZon has been working since 1997 in French- speaking West and Central African countries. A demonstration of the [[Cookit]] oven in [[Eritrea]] by KoZon prompted them to begin a program there. Combined with the efforts of SCN, they have established more solar cooking educational possibilities for the English-speaking countries of [[Uganda]], [[Ethiopia]], as well as Eritrea.
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*'''March 2010:''' A comprehensive guide to solar cooking produced by [[Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands]] is now available. Included are sections on the use of the solar [[CooKit]] oven, a water pasteurization instrument([[WAPI]]), a heat retention cooking basket, and also information on cooking for a six person household. See more information at: [[Media:SCN,Kozon,HowtoUseISSC_WP_15_okt_2009.pdf|Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking]]
 
*'''2007 - December 2009:''' In Uganda, the [[Solar Connect Association]] (SCA) initiates and implements successful solar cooking projects under leadership of Mr. [[Kawesa Mukasa]], director of the SCA. He works together with his secretary in Kampala and his project team in Mbarara, in the south of Uganada. Solar Cooking Netherlands gives know how and financial support. The project in Mbarara [since 2007] aims to reach a cost-effective and preferably profitable operating account by the end of 2011 at the latest. To succeed it is vital to arrive at a cost-effective Resource and Production Centre in Mbarara where all Integrated Cooking products are made under own control or contracted out or bought on the local market. In this manner the local economy benefits as well. In 2008 more than 4000 CooKits are sold to 3800 families. This means 20,000 people consume solar-cooked food [at a average of 6 persons per household] and a yearly saving of roughly 9000 tons of firewood. [[Clara Thomas]], chairman of SCN, introduced a direct selling method, though which groups of women in the villages are invited to information sessions, demonstrations, cooking lessons, meal sharing, and instruction in water pasteurization and the use of the [[Water Pasteurization Indicator]] (WAPI). This has been very successful. To enhance durability of the Cookits, the cardboard side of is coated, the borders are reinforced with adhesive tape and the sun reflecting aluminium sheets can now be glued perfectly smoothly with new techniques. In the Kampala region another project is in preparation. The meaning is to start this project as a for-profit enterprise.
 
 
*'''September 2009:''' The outcome of the conference in March is a large scale Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking project in 4 countries of the Horn of Africa. It is a three year plan in eight clusters: six in Ethiopia, one in Djibouti-Somalia and one in Sudan. Abiye Ashenafi [HoArec] will manage the project and SCN is cooperating partner, trainer and advisor. On this moment SCN’s Jacomine Immink and Clara Thomas have designed manuals for instructors and end-users. They contain many visual materials for illiterate people. In cooperation with Wietske Jongbloed [KOZON] , a comprehensive manual for the production of Cookits and Water pasteurization Indicators [WAPis] .&nbsp;The expectation is that the project really start in 2010. On that moment 10.000 Cookits and WAPis will be needed. The manuals will be translated into local languages.
 
 
*'''March 2009:''' In Ethiopia the pilot project of&nbsp; PISDA and SCN has been very successful. on this moment 1500 households use wood-saving cookers. At the monthly PISDA meetings, participating women motivate each other to sell CooKit bread and cakes at the local market. &nbsp;A new production- and training centre has been opened and has been visited through representatives of [[Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre]]. The success of this project has inspired Janny Poley, the first secretary of the Embassy of the Netherlands. On her initiative a working conference with a department of the University of Addis Ababa has been organised on the 13 the and 14 the of March.&nbsp;
 
 
*'''Febuary 2009:''' [http://www.6fm.nl/nieuws/18560/schenking_van_entre_femmes_voor_stichting_solar_cooking.html Schenking van Entre Femmes voor Stichting Solar Cooking] - ''Nieuwsblad voor Huizen''
 
 
*'''2007:''' This year Solar Cooking Netherland was active in [[Ethiopia]], [[Uganda]], Puntland/[[Somalia]] and [[Eritrea]]. There was a fruitful cooperation with lacal NGO's and women. There was a integrated approach, which included how the market works, how to fit in the local market,local production through women and to earn income for women. A save-and credit foundation has been esthablised directed on independence of all the people who are involved.
 
 
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*'''November 2007:''' Solar Cooking Netherlands (SCN) has teamed up with [[Partnership for Integrated Sustainable Development Association]] (PISDA), a local non-governmental organization, to introduce solar cooking in four rural villages around Debre Zeit. PISDA has worked with female heads of households on a number of projects, such as tree planting, fuel-efficient wood stoves, and savings and credit associations. SCN’s [[Clara Thomas]], along with PISDA’s [[Ato Guillilat]], left early mornings on a two-wheeled horse wagon to visit the four rural villages. They first introduced solar cookers to village elders, and then spent a week training a group of solar cooking instructors. A year-long initial program was agreed upon to ensure continued follow up in the form of monthly collective solar cooking meetings to share experiences and advice. The project will likely expand next year. A local solar fabricator in Addis Ababa — [[Bereket Solar]] — will produce [[CooKit]] solar cookers by hand for the project. Towards the end of 2007 he will transfer his experience and knowledge to the women in rural areas so that they can make their own CooKits. ''[[Injera]]'', a pancake-like bread, is a local staple that cannot be cooked with simple solar cookers. (It requires a 60-centimeter diameter pan and baking temperature of at least 220°C.) A research program is underway to find a solar method for baking injera. The present cooking culture does not permit introducing collective solar injera baking through a large bakery or otherwise. In the meantime, injera will continue to be baked three times per week on a fuel-efficient wood stove.
 
 
* '''March, 2006:''' The Eritrea solar cooker project organized by the foundation Solar Cooking Netherlands continues to spread solar cooking knowledge in the Anseba region. As of January 2006, women from eight villages in the region, who previously purchased [[CooKit]]s, attend monthly classes to further their skills and work through any issues. SCN hopes to extend these classes to 32 more villages in the region by the end of 2006. Local women are fabricating CooKits in the city of Keren. One hundred CooKits have been made, and more are in the works (pending re-supply of [[Reflective materials|aluminum foil]], which must be imported). According to SCN representative [[Janine Pater]], local fabrication is important: “This is a major step forward in accomplishing the objective that now, and in the future, everyone in Anseba will be in a position to buy and/or make a CooKit without restriction.”
 
 
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*'''November 2005:''' An Eritrea solar cooker project organized by the foundation Solar Cooking Eritrea Netherlands (SCEN) recently edged out 300 nominees to win an award for small-scale development projects. The award, presented by Dutch organizations the National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) and the Wild Geese Foundation, carries a monetary value of nearly $6,000. SCEN won based on project quality, thoroughness of the organization, efficient working methods, financial transparency, and the "for women, by women" aspect of the project. This year SCEN hopes to enable 4,500 families to solar cook with simple panel-type solar cookers based on [[Solar Cookers International]]'s "[[CooKit]]." Thus far, 1,500 women have been trained, of which 700 have purchased CooKits for about $3.50 each. A new project coordinator, appointed by the [[National Union of Eritrean Women]] (NUEW), will organize future workshops and follow-up activities, and supervise a store where solar cookers are produced and sold. Project beneficiaries include low-income women in the Anseba region, and internally displaced persons in the Gash Barka zone. SCEN chairwoman [[Clara Thomas]] is currently organizing follow-up meetings with new solar cooks to collect feedback and discuss challenges and success. According to Ms. Thomas, evaluation and adaptation are essential. "In this way," she says, "a tradition of thousands of years of firewood cooking can be transformed to solar cooking with purely the sun as heat source." At least one woman in the Hagaz village seems already convinced. Of her experiences thus far, she says, "We prepare goat, rice, lentils and shiro in the CooKit and the taste is excellent!"
 
   
 
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*[http://www.solarcooking.nl/upload/local_fabrication.wmv Local fabrication of [[CooKit]] solar ovens.]
   
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==Reports==
 
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*'''March 2010:''' A 2009 report of work completed in the field by [[SCN]], of solar cooking and water pasteurization projects in various African countries. See: [[Media:Report_Clara_fieldvisit_ISSC_HoAREC_oct_23_Nov_14_2009.pdf|First Recording of ISSC Project Essentials and Proceedings]].
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*'''March 2010:''' A 2009 report of work completed in the field by SCN-KoZon, of solar cooking and [[water pasteurization]] projects in various African countries. See: [[Media:Report_Clara_fieldvisit_ISSC_HoAREC_oct_23_Nov_14_2009.pdf|First Recording of ISSC Project Essentials and Proceedings]].
   
 
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*'''July 2006:''' [http://solarcooking.org/media/broadcast/default.htm?thomas An audio interview with SCN-KoZon co-president Clara Thomas]
   
*'''July 2006:''' [http://solarcooking.org/media/broadcast/default.htm?thomas An audio interview with SCN co-president Clara Thomas]
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Latest revision as of 20:22, February 4, 2016

Last updated: February 3, 2016      
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Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon (SCN-KoZon) started in Eritrea in 2004, but since then it has also been active in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Somalia/Puntland since 2007. SCN-KoZon reports that its projects contribute to five of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. It has now merged with the KoZon Foundation.

The introduction of the CooKit was the start of SCN-KoZon projects. The weather conditions seemed to be changing and gradually it became clear the CooKit needed to be combined with other wood saving technologies, such as hay basket, heat-saving ovens, the more expensive solar box cooker, and the parabolic cooker for collective use. Together with water pasteurization we call this: Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) [aka Integrated Cooking Method]. Solar Cooking NL is involved as well in the development of a high temperature cooker to bake injera (type of pancake).

In addition to use of the CooKit we also provide information about the use of a hay basket, where the cooking process can be finished. Although wood-saving stoves are not really part of solar cooking, we do provide information about them where relevant. The term Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking (ISSC) refers to a combination of the three elements, CooKit, hay basket and wood-saving stove.

After more then 4 years of experience with our projects, Solar Cooking Netherlands adjusts its vision and points of departure. The most important points out of our report Integrated Solar cooking and Water Pasteurization a Conceptual Framework, introduced by the foundation Solar Cooking Netherlands in December 2008 [Thomas et al]:

  • SCN-KoZon will stimulate quality of life for poor African women and
  • In the same time contribute to environmental protection
  • SCN-KoZon will create possibilities for local initiatives and entrepreneurship through introduction of solar cooking and other sustainable resources of energy for cooking, food cultivation and water purification for mother and child
  • With this all SCN-KoZon give support to diminish the deforestation in this African countries.

SCN-KoZon tries to reach the mentioned goals through:

  • to focus on the families with the lowest income
  • to develop strategies and resources of Integrated Sustainable Cooking, food processing and water purification through which they become available

SCN-KoZon chairwoman Clara Thomas is currently organizing follow-up meetings with new solar cooks to collect feedback and discuss challenges and success. According to Ms. Thomas, evaluation and adaptation are essential. "In this way," she says, "a tradition of thousands of years of firewood cooking can be transformed to solar cooking with purely the sun as heat source." At least one woman in the Hagaz village seems already convinced. Of her experiences thus far, she says, "We prepare goat, rice, lentils and shiro in the CooKit and the taste is excellent!"

NewsEdit

Solar Connect Association center 2015

The Renewable Energy Centre

  • NEW: January 2016: Since 2007 Wilde Ganzen and Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon have supported the Solar Cooking project in Uganda, implemented by Solar Connect Association (SCA). Mid-2013 a business plan was decided on, including a schedule of Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) activities during the following five years. In the course of 2014 it became clear that the objective of financial independence had been achieved. The business expanded from Mbarara in the South West. In 2014 construction of a Renewable Energy Centre with larger ISC production, training and distribution facilities was started with financial support from Wilde Ganzen and SCN-KoZon. In its beautiful location on the main road between Uganda, The Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda, the building, fitted out with solar panels, is ready to continue and expand its activities. In short, SCA is the owner of a social Solar Cooking business for the production, marketing and sale of solar and other energy-saving cooking appliances. The small Solar Cooking enterprise is doing well. In 2014 it sold 5,460 CooKit sets, 2,540 hay baskets and 5,040 wood-saving cooking appliances. A promising development. In the year ahead solar lamps and very small solar panels will be sold as well. SCA is investigating which other energy-friendly appliances could best be marketed and included in the assortment of clean energy cooking appliances. In the coming years serious efforts will be made as well to expand the market into other regions in Uganda.
  • NEW: January 2016: Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon reports: "We have carefully continued this trend in the latest project together with the Association des Femmes Ingénieurs du Mali (AFIMA) in Tiby, in the Segou area. Eight hundred and fifty Women have been trained. From this group, four cooperatives have been created. They were to continue as businesses that would disseminate solar cooking while being coached by AFIMA. However, our partner has decided that it prefers to continue with other charitable projects. We are therefore going our separate ways The new Renewable Energy Centre near Mbarara ISC information and promotion in Ethiopia for the time being. It is regrettable because AFIMA has been of great value in the dissemination of ISC in Mali. To ensure that the cooperatives will be able to continue, we are attempting to link them to the Togo Tilé project."
SCN-KoZon newsletter 2015 Ethiopia
  • NEW: January 2016: Solar Cooking The Netherlands - KoZon reports: "An extensive EU Renewable Energy Technology project (RET) was started in Ethiopia in 2001 of which Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) is part. In total 20 RET workshops have been built in six provinces across Ethiopia. Production and distribution (sale) of solar, biogas and wood-saving cooking appliances started at the end of 2015. In 2014 and 2015 large-scale public promotion and training of local employees took place. At the same time a start was made with the marketing of solar lamps and small solar panels (to charge cell phones, radios). The Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-ReC/N), a department of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Addis Ababa manages the project. Solar Cooking The Netherlands (SCN-KoZon), as a partner in this project, is since 2011 responsible for the transfer of ISC and has contributed financially on a yearly basis. In 2011 SCN-KoZon appointed Fikirte Regassa Beyene as its representative and solar cooking expert in Ethiopia. Today Fikirte R.B. is still in office as project officer and member of HoA-ReC/N's Energy staff. In 2012 a Solar Cooking business was set up in the community of Awura Amba (North Ethiopia). Its implementation is in the hands of the NGO ORDA in collaboration with the village's staff. A large ISC workshop was built in 2013. Currently a lot of effort is put into the marketing and sale of ISC cooking appliances." Read more...
  • NEW: January 2015: SCA in Uganda continues to increase its sales of Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC) products. The objective is to distribute 10,000 ISC cooking appliances per year. This includes parabolic reflectors! SCA operates independently from SCN-KoZon. New construction in Biharwe continues to be delayed. SCN-KoZon is sponsoring this new construction. HoAREC works together with 6 NGOs on the construction of 20 centres. In six of the 20 centres, CooKits, hay baskets and WAPIs will be produced. Nine centres have been completed of which six are ready to start. Fikirte Regassa, SCN-KoZon's representative at HoAREC's is making tremendous efforts in assisting the work of the NGOs. This includes training sessions that she organises in the provinces where the centres will soon start production and sales. She also carries out many coordination tasks. Awara Amba has now produced enough ISC products to start focusing on sales. NGO ORDA is currently finalising its advisory tasks, including the organisation of a meeting with all Awara Amba authorities that will in future support the market development efforts.
Renewable Energy for Cooking Resource Center, Uganda, 3-3-14

Renewable Energy for Cooking Resource Center, Biharwe, Uganda

  • March 2014: Cooking Resource Center under construction in Biharwe - Kawesa Mukasa, director for the Solar Connect Association, reports that construction is underway for the Renewable Energy for Cooking Resource Center located in Biharwe, Uganda. The center will provide all types of fuel efficient cook stoves, both solar and biomass, and will be fabricated at the center. The center will also distribute information on renewable energy for cooking and train young people to create small scale enterprises in fabrication and distribution of solar cookers and efficient biomass stoves. The construction of the Renewable Energy Center is being funded by SCA with support from Solar Cooking Netherlands and Wilde Ganzen.
Olivia Kanyesigye ICM demonstration, 8-15-13

Olivia Kanyesigye (in black suit) and Henk Crietee, from Solar Cooking Netherlands, at an integrated solar cooking demonstration in Uganda, August 2013.

  • August 2013: Uganda NGO with proven profitability plans for expansion at new location - Henk Crietee, from Solar Cooking Netherlands, was in Uganda for two weeks in early August to evaluate Solar Connect Association (SCA) project activities. During Crietee's visit, a piece of land was secured in Mbarara, on which SCA will construct a building to house a new Renewable Energy Center. Integrated solar cooking appliances will be produced, advertised and sold from this new location, which will offer better exposure for their products to local residents, tourists, and political opinion leaders. While SCA has shown itself to be relatively self sufficient in terms of covering operation costs, through the sales of solar cookers, hay baskets and rocket stoves, they cannot afford yet to construct a new building. Participation by Solar Cooking Netherlands with help in securing the land has been appreciated. Donors wishing to help contribute to the building construction can contact Solar Cooking Netherlands. This fledgling effort is another example that demonstrates solar cooking, and related integrated cooking methods, can be a successful business by incorporating local manufacturing, sales, and long term consumer support.
  • February 2013: SCN-KoZon reports their Uganda partner, Solar Connect Association, under the direction of Kawesa Mukasa, has his promising ISC Small Enterprise, is now making a profit and is completely financially independent. Thirty people are generating income by manuafacturing, public promotion and marketing activities, all combined with intensive ISC sale programs. We are really very impressed by their work and consider this as a model for other ISC initiatives. SCA has been invited by NGOs in Ethiopia/ and Addis Ababa University to perform an ISC training to thirty young people and future small enterprise employees on the Improved CooKit, April 1-5 in Ethiopia; In Ethiopia SCN-KoZon together with partner HoA-REC (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center), twenty Renewable Energy Centers for Rural Households are being built and developed. In all the centers integrating solar cookers will be part of the small enterprise. HoA-REC and SCN-KoZon assigned Fikirte Regassa Beyene being SCN-KoZon representative in Ethiopia and becoming ISC expert for Ethiopia. She has an important innovative and organizational responsibility.
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Audio and videoEdit

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ReportsEdit

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

ContactEdit

Clara Thomas, Chairwoman
Solar Cooking Foundation the Netherlands
Ganzenoordstraat 17
1411 RG Naarden
Netherlands

Tel. +31(0)355312018

Email: info@solarcooking.nl or post@solarcooking.nl
Web: http://www.solarcooking.nl/

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