Did you know that cooking can be very, very dangerous? And we don't mean the minor dangers of errant knives and splattering oil. In some areas of the world, like Darfur and refugee camps in Chad, the work of finding firewood and other fuel for cooking leaves women vulnerable to attack and rape. The simple act of providing for her family in the most basic ways can open her up to danger.
Enter the solar cooker: a greener, safer way to cook. We've been fascinated by this story for a long time. It's a simple, cheap, and green solution to a problem -- a great mix, if you ask us!
The Solar Cooker Project provides solar ovens to families in refugee camps populated by refugees from Sudan. The area around these camps is very bare and it's difficult to find firewood. The stoves provided by the Solar Cooker Project are inexpensive and they allow women to cook with sunlight instead of scarce firewood. This is greener, of course, but its principal benefit is that it keeps women safe inside the camp.
One camp of nearly 5000 people has already been entirely supplied with solar cookers! But replacements are often needed, and there are other camps that still need this equipment. We are going to support this cause -- we find it so creative and worthwhile. It takes so little to help, too; only $30 buys two solar cookers and the pots and other equipment that are needed for a family to get started on solar cooking.
• More about the Solar Cooker Project at Jewish World Watch
• More about solar cooking at SolarCooking.org
Related: Outside Cooking: Solar Slow Cooker