Chad – solar cookers voor
refugees

Chad – solar cookers voor
refugees

Since the war in Sudan, more than 1 million Sudanese have fled to neighboring Chad; a doubling compared to early 2023. These refugees have sometimes been living in refugee camps in the border region for more than 15 years. Cooking on an open fire is one of the many challenges people face.

The camps are located in a very dry region where little wood is available. This causes conflicts between the local population and refugees who need the scarce wood for cooking. Women and children often have to travel long distances to collect wood and are regularly harassed, assaulted, kidnapped or, in the worst case, never return at all.

To do something about this problem, the introduction of the CooKit Solar Cooker in six refugee camps began in 2005. The CooKit is a solar cooker that can be used for cooking using solar energy. By using the CooKit, women and children no longer have to leave the camp to get wood. This means a significant improvement in the safety of the women and a clean and healthy smoke-free way of cooking.

FairClimateFund has supported this project since 2019 by certifying the CO₂ savings resulting from reduced wood consumption as Gold Standard. With the income from the sale of these certificates or CO₂ credits, we ensure that the women in these camps can continue to cook with the CooKit in the future.

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The total impact of the project

81

x thousand tons of CO₂ reduced

10

x thousand solar cookers in use

45

x thousand refugees helped

The project in detail

The CooKit is a solar cooker that can be used for cooking using 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 onto a black painted pan placed in a heat-resistant plastic bag in which warm air circulates. The CooKits are manufactured locally in six workshops spread throughout the camps. Each workshop is fully run by about 20 women. Each family receives 2 CooKits, training for their use and is asked to make a personal contribution of 1000 francs (€ 1.50) as compensation for the work of the women in the workshops.

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