In 2008, the nongovernmental organization Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development (AHEAD) conducted solar cooking trainings in five villages in The Gambia. Malcolm Gee led workshops to train 12-15 women per village in the construction and use of panel-type solar cookers. Eighty women were trained, who in turn have trained others. The women cooked meals of fish, rice, and vegetables in the cookers, and are experimenting with other traditional dishes. They have formed a trainers’ cooperative called Tilo Tabiro.
News and recent developments
- September 2011: AHEAD (Tilo Tabiro) Expand to two villages in the Gambia this summer. Malcolm Gee and Lamin Sawo led the workshop to train 25-30 women per village in constructing panel-type solar cookers and box cookers. The women cooked meals of rice, fish, vegetable and baked bread in the cookers.
- December 2009: Audio interview with Lamin Sawo
- September 2009: Lamin Sawo reports, "Having successfully completed the other phase of the training, this year we introduce box cooker to women in the communities, they will start money making enterprise by making bake foods and selling to sustain the project. Mr. Malcolm Gee the AHEAD Coordinator, TILO TABIRO received an award on behalf of AHEAD from President's International Award (PIA) Gambia. The award was presented by the Vice President of The Republic the Gambia, Aja Isatou Njie Saidy. Towards there outstanding contribution and development of young people and the women in the communities."
- July 2008: Lamin Sawo reports, "From 2nd June to date we are with expansion and we had meet 7 communities and trained 712 new women in the 7 new villages in the country. We trained them the basic knowledge of solar cooking and the benefit of this latest technology. The women appreciated the new technology we are training. And they promise to work as a team to help the other communities with the Techonolgy. Our aim is to reach the whole country within 5 years with the latest techology."
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