When you give money to charity, one often wonders … does it make a difference? After spending time in Kenya with Solar Cookers International, I witnessed just how much of a difference it can make.
Solar cooking is the simplest, safest, most convenient way to cook food without consuming fuels or heating up the kitchen. Many people choose to solar cook for these reasons. But for hundreds of millions of people around the world who cook over fires fueled by wood or dung, and who walk for miles to collect wood or spend much of their meager incomes on fuel, solar cooking is more than a choice — it is a blessing.
Inexpensive, effective solar cookers can be life-saving tools, not only for cooking but also for pasteurization of drinking water. Over 1 billion people do not have access to safe water. Preventable waterborne diseases are responsible for approximately 80% of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world.
More than 4,000 children under 5 die from diarrhea … everyday.
In partnership with local agencies, Solar Cookers International (SCI) has enabled thousands of families in multiple countries to cook food and pasteurize water with simple solar cookers. To ensure long-term project viability and access to affordable cookers, SCI works to incorporate solar cookers into local economies through establishment of independent solar cooker businesses run mostly by women.
Local participants are involved in project development from day one. SCI and its partners meet with community leaders and women’s representatives for extensive discussions, question and answer sessions, and demonstrations of solar cooking’s applicability to local foods.
Refugees and other displaced people frequently lack access to sufficient cooking fuels and safe drinking water. In refugee camps, when fuel rations are depleted, women and children often must walk for miles — risking rape and other dangers — to collect firewood from ever-diminishing sources. This physically arduous activity limits opportunity for education, participation in civic life, and income-generating activities. To save fuel, refugee families sometimes sacrifice nutritious foods like beans, which require hours of cooking, for quicker-cooking, less nutritious foods. They may even trade some of their meager food rations in exchange for firewood from neighboring populations, further reducing nutrition.
SCI has enabled thousands of refugee families in multiple countries to cook food and pasteurize water with simple solar cookers. Surveys reveal that the solar cookers allow them on average to save 27% of their firewood, while some report savings up to 70%. No longer forced to trade food rations for wood, refugees have been able to increase their food consumption by an average of four servings daily.
For more information on how you can MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE, contact Solar Cookers International.
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