July 25, 2007

SO THEY'VE GOT THAT GOING FOR THEM...:

Simple sun-cooker takes off as a way to help Darfuris: Grass-roots giving for the solar cooker, donated to women who fled Darfur, takes root in the US. (Daniel B. Wood, 7/26/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

Some 200,000 women and children live in refugee camps across the border from Sudan. More than 6,000 cookers have been distributed in the Iridimi refugee camp, that has almost no vegetation but sunshine 330 days a year. Another 10,000 are expected to be supplied in the Touloum camp nearby over the next year. [...]

Two solar cookers can save a ton of wood per year, according to JWW. They free women from tending fires to do other tasks, and provide income for female refugees because the cookers are manufactured on-site. Envision foil-covered cardboard (about four feet by two feet) folded upward to direct sun's rays on a black pot, placed in the center, and covered in a plastic bag. Millet, rice, eggs, and other ingredients are put in the pot, surrounded by the water-moistened plastic bag that provides softening condensation.


Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2007 9:22 PM
Comments

It breaks my heart to see what these poor people suffer when the solution to 99% of their problems is as simple as directing sun light and proper hygiene. Freed from the enormous burden of just surviving, who knows what miracles they can perform to help themselves to a better life.

Posted by: erp at July 26, 2007 8:57 AM
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