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Solar Cooker Workshop in Darfur

Video showing the Darfur Peace and Development Organization solar cooking project. This is a solar cooker workshop in Nyala, Darfur. As the women look for firewood around the displacement camps they face the danger of rape and abduction. Solar cooking offers an alternative to using firewood for cooking.


See also: Global Calendar of Events and Past events in Sudan


  • December 2012: Jewish World Watch, originator of the Solar Cooker Project for Sudanese refugees, reviews their current programs at several of the refugee camps in Chad – 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. For others, the project has meant help for the environment and the air quality conditions for women previously using open fires. When the Jewish World Watch contingent first visited the camps many years ago, the refugees had just arrived and the encampment was meant to be temporary. The hope and expectation was that within a few months or a couple of years at most; they would return to their homes. But now, seven years later, it is clear that returning to Darfur is not a reality and the camps are turning into permanent settlements. As a result, the programs for the refugees must begin to move away from survival resources and begin to address ways of achieving self-sufficiency and permanence. In other words, helping to create a life, not an existence. Future larger scale solutions will be needed to address and benefit the surrounding communities, as well as the refugee camps, to help with the integration of the Sudanese residents. Read more...
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    Climate and culture

    Solar Cookers International has rated Sudan as the #11 country in the world in terms of solar cooking potential (See: The 25 countries with the most solar cooking potential). The estimated number of people in Sudan with fuel scarcity in 2020 is 6,600,000.

    "[T]he availability of firewood in Darfur is dwindling, and women in North Darfur have all but stopped collecting firewood simply because there is none to collect, said Ms. Patrick. The Sudanese Forestry Department has reported total destruction of the environment up to a radius of an hour's walk around the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur—there are virtually no trees and the mining of their roots has prevented regrowth."[1]

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    Audio and video

    • August 2010:
    Solar Cooking in Africa - A Remarkable Technology Transfer09:59

    Solar Cooking in Africa - A Remarkable Technology Transfer

    • September 2008:
    Solar cooking in Kasab camp in North Darfur05:24

    Solar cooking in Kasab camp in North Darfur

    • June 2007:
    Solar Cooker Workshop in Darfur05:49

    Solar Cooker Workshop in Darfur

    Darfur Peace and Development Organization solar cooking project


    Possible funders for projects in Sudan


    Articles in the media

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    Construction plans in Arabic

    Refugee camps in Sudan with solar cooking projects

    See Refugee camps.



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