Friday, October 26, 2007

RABUOR Self-Help Group, Kisumu, Kenya

The Rabuor Community recently benefitted from a solar cooking demonstration from John Amayo of SHEP and the SCI worldwide initiative. Their new website is another reach for assistance, volunteers and networking.
My best wishes to Tony Odek.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Promoting Solar Cooking .. AGAIN & AGAIN

The Field Guide is just one of many tools and tips available on the main Solar Cooking Archive website to ensure apathy doesn't cause an introduction project to fail.

Solar Cooking in Kenya ?
Here's a few reasons why :
  • Each group of items in the photo costs 30 Kenyan Shillings (£0.21) as does the pile of charcoal shown. By using a CooKit or other solar cooker, people can buy food instead of fuel.

  • Can be built from materials as simple as cardboard, glue, aluminum foil, scrap-metal, and non-toxic black spray-paint
  • Fun, clean, convenient, economical, non-polluting
  • Uses FREE solar energy
  • Can bake, steam, roast, simmer even PASTEURIZE
  • Slow, gentle cooking retains more nutrients, giving a wonderful fresh flavour.
  • For those that must gather firewood instead of purchasing wood or charcoal, women and girls usually, the time saved can now be used to earn money building and re-selling cookers, even baking cakes for example, or simply returning to school for a better education.
  • Less firewood is needed so solar cooking is saving the forests - Forests mean rain, crops, livestock… more money.
  • Lack of smoke and soot means improved lung health for cooks and children.
  • Benefits of improved health by enabling pasteurization of milk and water.

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