Responding to the crisis in Sudan: Expansion of solar cookers in Chad

Responding to the crisis in Sudan: Expansion of solar cookers in Chad

News item
08 Nov 2023

Our solar cooker project in refugee camps in Chad is currently facing the urgent need to expand solar cookers, due to the recent refugee crisis in the region. The situation in Chad has taken a worrying turn with the outbreak of a new conflict in Darfur on April 15, 2023. This devastating conflict has led to the displacement of more than 5 million people, with more than a million fleeing their countries. Of the latter group, 400,000 have sought refuge in Chad, and there are growing concerns that this number will continue to rise. The province of Wadi Fira, where our current solar cooker project is located (Touloum and Iridimi), currently hosts more than 170,000 refugees

Our work in Chad
Since 2019, FairClimateFund has been providing solar cookers to refugees in the Iridimi and Touloum refugee camps in Chad, who have fled the Darfur conflict in Sudan. The conflict in Darfur has been characterized by ethnic violence, which has led to widespread displacement and suffering among local populations. These refugees live in camps in an arid environment with limited wood resources nearby. Currently, FairClimateFund provides services to approximately 10,000 people, almost equally divided between the camps in Iridimi and Touloum.

Challenges in the refugee camps
FairClimateFund works together with the local organization l’Agence de développement économique et social (ADES) and is supported by Hamerkop Climate Impacts. During one of our most recent weekly meetings, it became clear that another 14,000 refugees have arrived at the Iridimi refugee camp. In addition, 2,000 refugees have settled in Touloum. In response to this increase in refugees, ADES has shifted its efforts to building housing facilities to accommodate these new arrivals.

The challenges these refugees face are exacerbated by a severe shortage of cooking fuel and utensils, as highlighted in a UNHCR report from early July. The urgent needs of the refugees are outlined as follows:

Priority needs identified by refugees surveyed in Chad were:
Cooking utensils (14%), sleeping equipment (14%), household items (14%), personal hygiene products (13%), building materials (13%), solar lamps/torches (12%), clothing (11%) and wood/gas ( 10%) are the priority needs of refugees (UNHCR, 2023).

Our ongoing support
We are deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the people living in the camps. The UNHCR report emphasizes the importance of addressing missing cooking supplies. In light of these developments, the project’s mission to provide solar cookers to refugee families in Chad takes on even more significance, and our goal is to expand our project in 2024 by providing more solar cookers to people in Iridimi and Touloum. Hopefully we can also expand to a new camp. Together with our local partners, we will continue to monitor the situation, adapt the project as necessary and work to provide essential support to the displaced population in Chad.

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Contact FairClimateFund

Would you like to know more about this project, or are you interested in donating or investing in the project so that we can give more people in the refugee camps in Chad access to clean cooking in 2024? Contact our project manager Evelien: lambooij@fairclimatefund.nl