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solar cookers: a brilliant solution

2005 annual report
solar cookers international

(cover art by george o. ongor)

one-third of the world�s population cooks over wood fires, requiring tedious, hazardous wood gathering or significant expense, and exposing families to smoke and burn dangers. most of the rest of us also cook with costly, finite fuels that contribute to global warming. for those of us in sunny climates, there is a brilliant solution: solar cookers.

for eighteen years solar cookers international has spread solar cooking and water pasteurizing to benefit people and environments. this year we broadened solar cooker access in kenya and cultivated new international collaborations with solar cooking experts and advocates. with hard work, dedication and your unwavering support, we are reducing energy poverty and providing simple tools for a brighter future.

highlights 2004-2005

spread in kenya: through local businesses, the sunny solutions project in nyakach is approaching self-sustainability � expected when 15% of households have solar cookers. nyakach-area residents purchased over 800 cookits (solar cookers) this year, benefiting an estimated 4,800 people. solar cooks report economic savings, reduced workload, and fewer smoke- and water-related diseases when they cook meals and pasteurize water with solar energy. twenty local women earned income selling cookits and teaching their neighbors; four plan to open solar shops. solar cookers were featured on nationally-broadcast radio programs.

new �oywa� cookit, developed and assembled by nyakach women, is more affordable, attractive and durable than factory-made ones.

u.s. solar cooker organizations and businesses met twice and resolved to raise u.s. public awareness of the need for, and benefits of, solar cookers.

advocacy spotlighted the potential of solar cookers to improve health and reduce poverty in sun-rich, fuel-scarce areas of the world. sci�s volunteer united nations representatives in new york and geneva tirelessly promoted solar cookers as tools for achieving the united nations millennium development goals � eight goals to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by the year 2015.

sci�s asia/africa seminar brought 50 solar cooker leaders from 20 countries to nairobi, kenya in february. these leaders shared promotion strategies and committed to eight collaborative actions, including advocacy in their countries and an international conference to be held 12-16 july, 2006, in granada, spain. generous support from good works institute helped make the seminar possible.

the sol y paz (�sun and peace�) award from european solar leaders at the annual encuentro solar gathering in spain honored sci for leadership in global networking.

access to education resources improved through expanded web sites ( and, new display materials, and two newsletters � the international solar cooker review and eastern africa sunews.

fourteen hundred grassroots activists were empowered with knowledge and tools needed to spread simple solar cookers in their communities. appreciative letters describe new programs helping families and communities worldwide.

organizations in uganda, somaliland, tanzania and kenya added solar cookers to their programs with sci training and consultation. professor bob metcalf, an sci founder, board member and volunteer, continued to share simple water testing and solar water pasteurization tools with organizations and officials in kenya and tanzania.

donor support grew by 11% and, along with grants, supported new initiatives. many contributors became major donors with gifts of $500 or more. sci started a charitable gift annuity program, with benefits for both donors and the organization. sci�s outstanding staff continues to �push the envelope� to grow our excellent programs, and you � our donors � are lighting the way toward this brilliant solution.

looking ahead

next year sci will

  • nurture women entrepreneurs in nyakach, kenya
  • spread to two other kenya communities � kisumu and kajiado
  • co-host an international solar cookers conference (
  • initiate an international association of solar cooker leaders
  • advocate �quick win� solar cooker projects � alleviating health, environmental and economic poverty � to further progress towards united nations millennium development goals
  • streamline its web sites
  • begin production of wapis (water pasteurization indicators) in kenya
  • market teacher�s kits to u.s. educators
  • increase donations by 18%
  • incorporate two new funding sources: alternative gifts international and the combined federal campaign (available to sci through the aid to africa federation)
  • hire the next executive director, as bev blum retires in late 2006

people who make it possible

funding partners (contributors of $1,000 or above during july 1, 2004 � june 30, 2005)

 sci sun circle $10,000 � $50,000
james & nancy joye
good works institute
george & bev blum
mark m. stone
bob & mary beth metcalf
fred j. & alice stanback
mark & tim o�brien
jkw foundation
international foundation
 life stewards $5,000 � $9,999
ludwick family foundation
anonymous, through community foundation of greater memphis
american conservation association
claude thau
teichert foundation
george artz
 stellar benefactors $1,001 � $4,999
chris & jeanette phelps
kent mein
joan myers
the setzer foundation
mark cotham
barbara p. kerr & sherry cole
james moose & kirstie wilson
elizabeth luster
jean runyon
mary frank
lorrie & richard mccurdy
tina thomas
sonja f. jones
lesley schroeder
daniel shapiro & agnes gund
emma garrison
alta & david schwartz
patt & tupper hull
clark & eleanor shimeall
united church of marion
charles hoskings
dawn v. cope
burnett & mimi miller
virginie & john mitchem
marc rosenbaum & jill de la hunt
 gold benefactors $1,000
valerie anderson
lucy & dave bauer
ann bennett & family
erik e. bergstrom
robert & denise borcyckowski
dick & ellen cochran
peter d�ascoli
camille dull
nicole faulkner
scott fruin
christina gore
tom hammer
kathlene holser
mr. & mrs. george kinkle, iii
dorothy knecht
sotiris k. kolokotronis
janet kristie
carl lincoln
barbara leighton
eleanor p. laubly
oliver m. langenberg
colette m. lee
eunice mahler
kathy pillsbury & cindy marshall
mark mccormick
rick palkovic
stephen & lucila plank
john & mary roche
john saca
t.j. & vivian sarmento
janet & martin sheen
norton smith
jean w. stevenson
robert d. stuart, jr.
thomas & donna stone
mike morton & caryn tarikawa

international advisors

� gordon magney of global hope network, kabul
� david whitfield of cedesol, la paz
canada / haiti
� jack anderson, lund, bc
� pedro serrano of recosol, concon
� chen xiaofu of china association of rural energy industry, beijing
costa rica
� shyam nandwani of universidad nacional, heredia
� fabiola cuvi ortiz of iecaim, quito
� roger bernard, caliure
� agnes klingshirn, frankfurt
� dieter seifert of eg solar, neuotting
� bernd hafner & maik maurer of solar energy for west africa (sewa), ismaning
� willi heinzen of bsww alternative energie, bingen
� mercy bannerman, accra
� sathyavathi muthu of avinashilingam deemed university, coimbatore
� satypriya mukhopadhyay of srikrishna college, bagula/nadia
� deepak & shirin gadhia of gadhia solar energy systems pvt. ltd. & eco center icneer, new delhi
� herliyani suharta of energy technology laboratory upt-lsde, bpp teknologi, tangerang/banten
� motlatsi bolofo & ivan yaholnitsky of bethel business & community development centre, mt. moorosi
� eveline agnes rasamimampianina of ejeda project, antananarivo
� ganesh ram shrestha of center for rural technology, kathmandu
� sanu kaji shrestha of foundation for sustainable technology (fost), kathmandu
� wietske jongbloed of stichting kozon foundation, wageningen
� rose n. achunine of imo state university, owerri
� joseph odey of klmfcu, new bussa
� christopher ugwu of the university of nigeria & society for improvement of rural people, nsukka
� a.s. sambo of the energy commission of nigeria, garki/abuja
south africa
� margaret bennett of the sunstove organization, benoni
� richard pocock of solarworks, durban
� marlett wentzel of palmer development consulting, pretoria
� manolo vilchez & marta pahissa of terra foundation, barcelona
sri lanka
� e. abeyrathme of emace, katubedda/moratuwa
� ulrich oehler of group ulog, basel
� michael goetz of centre neuchatelois cuisine solaire & group ulog, basel
� joyce jett, sonia heptonstall, alison curtis & naim janmohamed, sci united nations representatives
� abdullah s. paksoy & sukran bagcier of seyhan rotary, adana
� edward sembajjwe of disabled technicians uganda, ltd., kampala
� kawesa mukasa of solar connect association, kampala
� barbara kerr & jim scott of the sustainable living center, taylor
� daniel kammen of the university of california, berkeley
� allart ligtenberg of friendly appropriate solar technologies (fast), los altos
� paul munsen of sun ovens international, elburn
� wilfred pimentel of fresno rotary & rotary international, fresno
� mike port, martha port & paul funk of the solar oven society (sos), minneapolis
� barby pulliam of the world association of girl guides & girl scouts, el dorado hills
� nguyen tan bich of solar serve, da nang
� jill miller-cranko of zimbabwe girl guides, bulawayo
� g.g. whitaker of bulawayo rotary, bulawayo
� norman mhazo of the development technology centre, university of zimbabwe, harare

sci advocates 2004�2005

mark aalfs
dale andreatta
george artz
harry arnold
don coan
sherry cole
mark cotham
cheri & jeff douglas
mary frank
paul funk
christopher gronbeck
terry grumley
hal hammond
linda hayward
patt hull
gary & gayle hursh
norge jerome
barbara jodry
cristal johnson
barbara kerr
matt kuzins
sue mahoney
mary makaus
dave martin
lorrie mccurdy
louise meyer
mimi miller
john mitchem
virginia moose
ellie norton
stella odaba
ed pejack
dave piper
anne rudin
jean runyon
david ruppe
clark & eleanor shimeall
tom sponheim
claude thau
del & alta tura
elvira williams

board of directors 2004�2005

dave anderson
ann bennett
jack blanks
dick cochran
john collentine, jd
joyce hightower, md
joseph huma
barbara knudson, phd
joseph mccabe, pe
bob metcalf, phd
virginie mitchem
christine nyanda-chacha, llb
millicent obaso
robert parkins, pe
carolyn ristau, phd
john roche
gabriele simbriger-williams
bruce stahlberg

professional staff 2004�2005

bev blum, executive director
margaret owino, eastern africa director
solomon okumu ndiao
dinah chienjo
faustine odaba
simon ogutu
robert ogaja
hesbon bolo
marion anyango
julius o. ochieng�
virginia callaghan
pascale dennery
kevin porter
ram�n coyle
julia paul



financial summary








other 32,640




africa programs


advocacy & information exchange 120,382

education services


technical assistance 48,884

fund development









inventory & equipment






grants receivable 40,000







net assets 06/30/05


sci is a member of interaction and meets its standards for private voluntary organizations

*grants includes $44,212 previously restricted funds

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