Solar Cookers for Refugees
Fair Climate Fund
Solar Cookers Installed
Tonnes of CO2 Avoided
Since the war in Darfur, more than 200,000 Sudanese have fled to neighbouring Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world. These refugees have sometimes been staying in one of the 12 refugee camps in the border region for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, there is no short-term solution for most families. 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 there is little wood available, hardly enough for the locals. This often causes conflicts and women and children have to travel long distances outside the camp to get wood. This makes them vulnerable and they are regularly harassed, assaulted, kidnapped or, in the worst case, do not return at all.
By using the CooKit women and children no longer have to leave the camp to get wood. This contributes to their safety, and it saves time. With this time-saving women can generate extra income. For example, there are women who were able to sell handmade items at the local market. Another advantage is that cooking with the CooKit is a clean and healthy alternative to the traditional way of cooking because it is completely smokeless. Moreover, this means that less CO2 is emitted and less wood is used, which reduces the pressure on the already scarce stock of wood.
The CooKit is a solar cooker that uses solar energy (which is abundant in Chad) for cooking. The CooKit has a simple design and is made of cardboard and aluminium 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. After 2 to 3 hours in the sun, most dishes are ready. With a so-called Guffah, an insulating wicker basket, the food can be kept at the right temperature until dinner. 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 and is asked to make a personal contribution of 1,000 francs (approximately €1.50) as compensation for the work of the women in the studios.
About the Project Developer
For the last 10 years, Fair Climate Fund has been working with its partners to finance and implement climate projects. They focus on cleaner cooking and reforestation projects. These projects reduce CO₂ emissions and deforestation and improve the living conditions for people in developing countries. The projects that Fair Climate Fund develop, generate Gold Standard and Fairtrade Carbon Credits.