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Sun Focus & Tulsi Hybrid Solar Ovens
Dave Chalker of Sun BD Corp. videotaped a test
session for the Sun Focus & Tulsi Hybrid Solar Ovens.
View the video here
When cooking can be deadly
An estimated 3 billion people -- nearly half the
world's population -- still use an open fire as their primary source of
energy for cooking and heating.
But there's a problem: the smoke.
Pictures from our two new projects in Kisumu!
SCI staff spent part of January in Kisumu working
to launch our two new projects. Take a look at some of the pictures!
Cooking Dinner in India's Salt Pans
Families that earn their income through the sale
of salt spend eight months of the year in the salt pans, overseeing the
process of salt crystallization and working under harsh conditions, far away
from their villages and sometimes their families.
Since men arrive at the salt pans a few months earlier than their families,
they have to cook for themselves. They immediately see the benefits of a fuel
efficient cookstove as it cooks faster, enables them to cook multiple things,
and saves them time. Because they cook indoor, they also appreciate the reduced
Scavenging for Charcoal Fuel in the Rubbish of
Thousands of urban slum dwellers in the Philippines
capital of Manila live amid filth and swirls of toxic smoke as they eke out
a living making charcoal from wood scavenged from nearby garbage dumps and
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks on
"One person in five lacks access to modern energy;
three billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or dung for cooking and
The October 2011 issue Solar Cooker Review is now
US volunteers carry heavy bundles of firewood
136 miles (219 km) to show solidarity with world's poor
A brave group set out on October 4th from sunny San
Diego, California on an eleven-day trek to Los Angeles to do what no other
group has done before them: carry massive 40-60 pound bundles of wood on
their backs and take a grueling journey in honor of, and to bring awareness
to, the hundreds of millions of women in this world that cook every meal
over an open fire.
The Spendid Table interviews SCI Board Member
to Patricia discussing solar cooking in Afghanistan.
SCI helps Light Gives Heat
provide solar cookers Ugandan women
Light Gives Heat
(LGH) reports:"We have given up any
notions that we can bring about health simply by
stumbling upon it in the same way that we stumbled upon
destruction. There must be changes in the way that we
think and live. To bring about these changes we teamed
up with Solar Cookers International (SCI). With the help
of SCI we are enabling the SUUBI and EPOH artisans to
cook their food and boil their water with the free power
of the sun. This reduces the emissions of charcoal that
the women would normally use, benefiting the women
monetarily and environmentally. One artisan reported
that she spends $5 a week on charcoal. With the help of
LGH and SCI, she can make a one-time purchase of a solar
cooker for about $5, and save on the weekly expense of
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Voice of America interviews
Patricia McArdle about her novel Farishta.
Solar Cookers International
Board Member Patricia McArdle discusses her
award-winning novel in which solar cooking in
Afghanistan is featured. Audio available
SCI is now an official Partner
in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
We are delighted to be working
with the Global Alliance on its goal of enabling 100
million households to adopt clean and efficient cooking
Make a donation to SCI in your
father's name this Father's Day.
This Father’s Day (June 19th),
give your dad the gift of actively participating in
solving a global problem. Make a donation to Solar
Cookers International in your father’s honor, and we
will send him a card on your behalf.
Listen to NPR’s Scott Simon
interview SCI Board Member Patricia Mcardle on Weekend
Edition. Audio available on
this page at the NPR website.
The newly released novel
, by SCI Board Member Patricia Mcardle,
tells the compelling story of diplomat Angela Morgan.
Stationed at a remote British Army outpost in northern
Afghanistan, Angela becomes frustrated at her inability
to contribution to the country’s reconstruction.
Traveling to remote areas with patrols, she notices the
number of children pulling up bushes by the root for
their mothers to use as cooking fuel. She then remembers
building a solar cooker when she was young, and begins
to spread solar cookers throughout the remainder of her
time in Afghanistan. Slipping away disguised in a
, Angela works to teach women and men how to
cook with the power of the sun, and in so doing, becomes
, or "angel," and discovers a new
purpose for her life.
, draws on author Patricia Mcardle’s experience as a diplomat in
Afghanistan and her commitment to solar cooking. The
importance and practicality of solar cooking is woven
into the novel as Angela shares it with the local
population. You can purchase Farishta
local bookstore or
. You can also listen to an interview Patricia
Mcardle did with CBS News
Event: Fresno Chile Festival
(Saturday, June 18, 2011):
Solar Cookers International
urges Fresno-area solar cooking supporters to attend the
Fresno Chile Festival at the Fulton Mall where the city
of Fresno will celebrate Fresno Chile, local art, and
Central Valley Solar Cookers
, the organizer of the
event credits Solar Cookers International for
encouragement to keep the momentum for solar cooking
going. These events help spread the word of the
importance of solar cooking, and the reality that solar
cooking is part of the solution to addressing the
problems created by half the world's population cooking
over open fires. Go to
our page on indoor air pollution
to learn more about
the realities facing women and girls around the world
who regularly inhale smoke from bending over these
fires. The problem is serious. The people are real. The
solution is clear.
Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and Julia Roberts get it!
Hillary Clinton and Julia
Roberts, the new Global Ambassador for the Alliance for
Clean Cookstoves know that some 3 billion people cook
their dailly food over smokey fires. Almost 2 million
people each year, primarily women and children die as a
result. Solar cooking is a critical part of solving the
problem. Solar Cookers International does not want to
miss the opportunity to be part of the solution. As our
fiscal year ends, we ask that you show your support by
making a donation
to Solar Cookers International.
Why the Global Alliance for
Clean Cookstoves must adopt Integrated Cooking
Integrated cooking – a mix of
fuel-efficient woodstoves, solar cookers, and
heat-retention – provides the key to meeting the goals
of the Global Alliance.
SCI congratulates Jewish World
Watch on the 5th Anniversary of their Solar Cooker Project
Solar Cooker Project
has helped 90,000 Darfuri
refugees in four camps in Chad. They are currently
expanding to include another camp! Because of the work
of JWW and their partner organizations ChadSolaire and
CORD, thousands of women are able to cook for their
families safely, eliminating the need to search for
firewood and risk attack or rape. Girls are able to
attend school, and money does not need to be spent on
fuel. Women are building an economic future by
manufacturing the solar cookers. Solar cooking is
changing the lives of these families! The Solar Cooker
Project is an excellent example of how solar cookers
effectively address the negative impacts that come from
cooking over an open fire with firewood. Solar cooking
has zero emissions and is a free and available source of
power. Thousands of women in Chad demonstrate the power
of the sun in cooking food for their families every day.
Thank you Jewish World Watch for your on-going
dedication to improving the lives of people and the
environment through the use of solar cooking. Together
we can help JWW meet their ultimate goal; to provide
285,000 refugees in 12 camps in Chad with a solar
cooker. SCI encourages and appreciates your support of
"We have got to do something
about this!" - Hillary Clinton
Ryan Lizza writes in the New
Yorker Magazine: "Not long ago, I met with Kris
Balderston, the State Department’s representative for
global partnerships. He started working with Clinton ten
years ago, when he guided her through the politics of
upstate New York during her Senate race. Now he works on
an array of entrepreneurial projects that complement
traditional diplomacy. He talked excitedly about working
with Vietnamese-Americans to build stronger ties to
Vietnam and about distributing vaccines in partnership
with Coca-Cola. He pointed to a bookcase stocked with
devices that looked like a cross between a lantern and a
paint bucket. These were advanced cookstoves. “This is a
problem that the Secretary saw when she was First Lady,”
Balderston said, explaining how lethal cooking smoke can
be. “One half of the world cooks in open fires. Two
million people die a year from it—that’s more than
malaria and tuberculosis combined, and nearly as much as
H.I.V.” On a trip to Congo in 2009, Clinton met a woman
in a refugee camp who had been raped in the jungle on
the outskirts of the camp while gathering wood for her
stove. Telling the story at the State Department,
Clinton was angrier than Balderston had ever seen her.
“We have got to do something about this,” she said.
Balderston spends much of his time trying to build a
market for inexpensive, clean-burning cookstoves in the
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Cooker Review is now online.
The Impact of Rising Food
Across the world, food stocks
are down in part because of unfavorable weather, ranging
from drought to floods in various parts of the world.
The demand for rice and other grains, meanwhile, has
been growing, especially in big developing countries
like China. This situation has added to the struggle for
families trying to survive, and has helped to fuel
protests in the Mideast. With food costs rising in
developing nations, there is less money for the
population to buy needed fuel, primarily charcoal, for
cooking. Introducing solar cooking to more areas is an
important way for residents to offset the higher price
of food staples.
Please see our
United Nations reception a
Solar Cooking Exhibition and Reception held at the U.N.
during the CoNGO consultation was a smashing success!
Representatives from non-governmental organizations and
interested supporters attended the three-hour,
open-house event. The concept of solar cooking is so
important, that representatives from Nigeria, the Middle
East, Pakistan, Bagladesh, and Somalia made it through
freezing, blowing rain to attend the exhibition. A wide
variety of solar cookers were on display with
informational material accompanying the cookers. Video
loops played throughout the evening showing real people
around the world cooking with the sun and training
others to do so. There was a real urgency at the
exhibition that the message of solar cooking be strong,
unified, and be present in global discussions of
development and progress for people around the world.
Haiti: One Year Later
Haiti continues to benefit from solar cooking. SCI and
International Child Care Ministries are working to
expand the project in the schools around Port Au Prince
to integrate solar cooking into the 5th grade science
curriculum. The goal is that each student will receive a
to use each day in preparing and cooking
their lunch while learning about environmental science.
Training and certification of teachers continues, as do
SCI’s efforts to secure funding to provide 2000 more
CooKits for this school project. With
, we will achieve this goal! SCI thanks you
for your ongoing support for solar cooking in Haiti.
SCI welcomes AmyJo Mattheis as
lived as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, and having
worked in Palestine and Nicaragua, AmyJo Mattheis
understands the problem of fuel scarcity and the health
effects of smoke from cooking fires. AmyJo will use this
knowledge along with her extensive management experience
of non-profits to continue and to expand SCI's work to
bring the promise of solar cooking to communities
Clean Currents annual holiday
giving campaign a success
announced that they raised enough to
supply 100 CooKits to Haiti through its holiday giving