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Looking for the Solar Cooker Project? You’ve come to the right place.

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JWW greatly appreciates your loyal support
of our Solar Cooker Project (SCP). As you know, we initiated the SCP in 2006 as a way of protecting Darfuri women and girls ̶ survivors of the Darfur genocide living as refugees in Eastern Chad ̶ by reducing their dangerous trips outside of the camps in search of firewood for cooking.

Any organization working in regions affected by conflict, poor governance, and poverty must be nimble, and make changes to projects as dictated by the current situation on the ground. As such, JWW conducted several evaluations of the SCP over the years. We reviewed the evaluations thoughtfully and adjusted the Solar Cooker Project as needed. Previous evaluations all pointed to one overall conclusion: the project was working.

The current conditions in Chad have presented us with new challenges: it is evident that food insecurity has become the primary and most immediately pressing safety and security risk to the refugees. Due to cuts in rations provided by the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, refugees are receiving less than 850 calories per person/per day, and some refugees report receiving closer to 250-500 calories per person/per day. In response, we must overhaul how we serve the refugees. To learn more about the food crisis click here.

Courtesy of Refugees International

Courtesy of Refugees International

 

What We’re Doing:

  • We are temporarily suspending the SCP and turning our attention to increasing food rations and developing programs that allow the Darfuri refugees to become more self-sufficient.
  • We are advocating for increased funding to restore rations to the World Food Program-recommended 2,100 calories per person/per day.
  • We will conduct research to determine the needs of the refugees, what programs will have the best chance of effecting change in the region, and how we can protect and empower the refugee population.
  • We will then invest in new pilot programs that will help the refugees be more self-sufficient, safe, and secure, and, in keeping with the very purpose of the Solar Cooker Project, we will incorporate new strategies to keep women and girls safe from sexual violence.

This new crisis reminds us that the SCP was developed as a temporary solution that did not offer the optimal long-term solution for a refugee population which is, unfortunately, most likely not able to return home anytime soon. Until significant political progress is made in Sudan, and it is safe for the Darfuris to return home, their dire situation in Chad must be improved. We at JWW are determined to find new initiatives which provide sustainable solutions to support the refugees, and will be able to do so with your continued support.

We thank you for supporting Darfuri refugees through the Solar Cooker Project. Now is the time to take action on their behalf and make a generous gift that will enable JWW to be at forefront of developing the strategies that will help ensure that the Darfuris survive the current crisis. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Learn more about the food crisis and take action through the Restore 2100 Campaign.
For more information about JWW’s other life-changing programs, please read about our projects here.


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