Since the war in Darfur, more than 200,000 Sudanese have fled to neighboring Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world. These refugees have sometimes been staying in refugee camps in the border region for more than 15 years.
Cooking on an open fire is one of the many challenges that people face. The camps are located in a region that is very dry and where little wood is available. This often causes conflicts and women and children have to travel long distances outside the camp to get wood that makes them vulnerable. They are regularly harassed, assaulted, kidnapped or, in the worst case, they do not return at all. To do something about this problem, a start was made in 2005 with the introduction of solar cookers (CooKits) in six of these camps. As a result, women no longer have to leave the camp to get wood, which contributes to safety and it saves time. Moreover, less wood is used and CO₂ is emitted. Since the start of the project, around 40,000 women have been provided with solar cookers that will last around 2 years.
The total impact of the project
x thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced
X thousand solar cookers are used
X thousand refugees (mainly women and children) helped
The project in detail
The CooKit is a solar cooker that can be used for cooking with the help of solar energy, which is abundant in Chad. The CooKit has a simple design and is made of cardboard and aluminum foil. Sunlight is reflected through the foil on a black-painted pan that is contained in a heat-resistant plastic bag in which the warm air circulates. The CooKits are manufactured locally in six workshops that are spread out over the camps. Every workplace is fully run by around 20 women. Each family receives 2 Cookits, a training for use and they are asked to make a personal contribution of 1000 francs (€ 1.50) as compensation for the work of the women in the studios.