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The Solar Cooker Project

January 5, 2013

The Solar Cooker Project is a program dedicated to helping refugee women and girls from Sudan living in Chad.

In response to the tragedy of 285,500 men, women and children from Sudan living as refugees in Sudan, the Solar Cooker Project is working to empower women in that community.  Its goal is to provide all refugee camps in Chad with 100% solar cooking.

It operates in 4 refugee camps, with a total of almost 100,000 refugees between them.  So far, more than 50,000 cookers have been first manufactured and then distributed in these camps.

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Women and girls over the age of 15 are the segment of the refugee population who is trained to solar cook. The women then are able to earn income through manufacturing cookers and training others to use them.

In addition to being an opportunity to generate income for their families, using a solar cooker eliminates the need for women to engage in the dangerous activity of gathering firewood.  Thanks to not needing to participate in wood gathering, the women are able to stay at the camp, where they are safe and not exposed to the risk of violent encounters.

A special thanks to our friends at We Said Go Travel for sharing this Do Good project with us. They and their community raised enough funds to donate solar cookers to 49 families!  To find out how you too can make a difference through the Solar Cooker Project, click here!

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