Solar Ovens (School Project)
|A local woman with a solar oven. © Graeme Dillon 2013|
01/12/13 Project Update
Thank you to all who have donated to the South Sudan Solar Ovens project. We have raised over the target amount of $25,000. Any excess funds will continue to be applied to solar-related projects in South Sudan.
There was a delay in the project due to the Development Branch of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S)being reformed. Now that new management is in place, the project is progressing. Any further updates about the solar ovens will be posted on the website.
10/10/13 Project Update
ABM is encouraged by the high level of supporter interest and donations for the Solar Oven project in South Sudan. The project commenced as a pilot last December-January when a prototype oven was trialed in the diocese of Twic East with the Mothers' Union. As a result of this trial, the prototype is being redesigned to ensure durability, sustainability and local sourcing of component parts. This has led to delays during this design phase. The remoteness of villages in south Sudan has exacerbated these design delays.
ABM's Africa Programs Officer, Beth Snedden, together with ABM's Programs Director, Julianne Stewart, will be visiting the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan's head office in Juba in mid-November. During their visit, they will continue to discuss the various options for moving this solar oven project ahead.
ABM's desire is to facilitate our in-country Partner - ECSS&S - to implement projects that are sustainable (long-term) for the people of South Sudan. Long after the project is over, we want the Sudanese people to know how to maintain and repair their solar ovens, and even be able to reproduce them within the country and share the technology with neighbours and friends. A part of ensuring this sustainability includes using readily accessible, local resources for creating the solar ovens, without needing to rely on imported items. Using local resources will also make it easier for local villagers to afford any necessary repairs to their ovens.
We look forward to sharing more about this valuable project following the return of our Program staff.
This project needs $25,000 in 2013.
(Project Code SD010AL)
Two million people all over the world depend on firewood for cooking. As a result, millions of women and children walk many kilometres daily to collect wood for cooking. On top of the need to source fuel, many poor families all over the world spend more than 25% of their income on fuel to cook.
Solar ovens can help lessen the impact of all of these statistics. ABM is working with the church in South Sudan to introduce these solar ovens in Jonglei state, in the dioceses of Bor and Twic East.
Jonglei State was one of the worst hit areas during the long civil war. A ‘scorched earth’ policy was adopted, leading to mass deforestation and, consequently, timber is scarce.
The introduction of solar ovens will assist women. They will no longer have to spend hours looking for very scarce timber for firewood and therefore have more time to care for their families and to work the fields. Children too will have more time for education.
Of course solar ovens also have a positive impact on the environment. Research shows wood use is reduced by an average of 25-40% after only two months.
When 48 women in a refugee camp were taught how to cook in the solar ovens, they were extremely enthusiastic about their new cookers and adapted their cooking to use them every midday meal.
You can support this project and offer this option to other women. Help contribute to societal, economic and environmental changes by giving solar ovens to women in South Sudan.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
You can make an online donation to this project by selecting South Sudan: Solar Ovens (Schools Project) from the full project list.
Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.