The Solar Cooker Project is currently operating in four camps in eastern Chad, serving nearly 100,000 Darfuri refugees there.
Having fled the violence of the genocide in Darfur, more than 250,000 refugees have been living in the camps of eastern Chad for almost 10 years. The genocide in Darfur continues – and has spread to other regions of Sudan. It is still not safe for the refugees to return home.
The Solar Cooker Project has provided critical support to the refugees, offering an alternative fuel source to scarce firewood. Collecting that firewood requires long, often dangerous trips outside the bounds of the refugee camps.
We’re proud to announce that we’ve recently received a grant of $300,000 over three years from an anonymous foundation to help us expand the SCP even further.
This grant, and your continued support, will not only let us serve even more Darfuri women with this critical project, but also to undertake important research into different models and methods of solar cooking, to evaluate our current programs and to advocate for solar cooking as a key part of an integrated, sustainable cooking system for the women of the refugee camps.
In December 2012, JWW Board Members Janice Kamenir-Reznik and Diana Buckhantz had the opportunity to visit the SCP in the Farchana refugee camp. As you can imagine, it was an intense and eye-opening experience for them both. Both women kept kept and published travel journals from their trip to Chad. You can read Janice’s here and Diana’s here.