It has been a privilege to see how your commitment has positively affected so many lives. As a member of the SCI family of volunteers, staff and supporters of program activities described in this report, your contributions to these accomplishments are acknowledged with gratitude and sincere appreciation.
Your commitment to SCI’s mission facilitated our efforts to inspire others to try simple technologies for cooking and for pasteurizing water. These efforts helped to prevent waterborne diseases, kept families from burns and smoke, protected the environment, eliminated hours of work for others and relieved children of tasks beyond their years. Programs supported by you ensure that refugees live a safer life by using solar cookers instead of going in search of fuel in hostile environments.
Your commitment allowed advocates to speak with decision makers, representing those whose voices often go unheard or are unheeded.
You made a contribution; a contribution to a more humane planet.
We look forward to celebrating SCI’s 20th anniversary with you next year, and an expansion of our efforts in new regions and countries and new educational outreach efforts in the U.S.
Thank you again for your commitment and contributions.
Patrick T. Widner
Eastern Africa Program
Sunny Solutions The Sunny Solutions project started in 2003 in Nyakach, Kenya in partnership with the community-based organization Nyakach Community Development Association. The project works to reduce smoke- and water-related diseases, and encourages women’s micro-enterprises.
PAWII award Women from the Sunny Solutions project earned a prestigious Pan-African Women Invent and Innovate (PAWII) award in Accra, Ghana in September 2005. The women in Nyakach, Kenya developed and assembled an innovative “OYWA” CooKit, a solar cooker that is less expensive and potentially more durable.
Reducing waterborne disease SCI teaches solar water pasteurization skills that complement other water treatments. Water pasteurization indicators (WAPIs) are used to let families know when water has been sufficiently heated and is safe to drink.
Youth perspective in Nyakach Youth wrote essays on how solar cookers have impacted their lives. Drawings depicted the burdens and environment degradation associated with cooking fuel collection, and illustrated solar cookers in action.
New communities served in Kenya Families in Kadibo, on the outskirts of Kisumu, and Kajiado, on the main highway from Nairobi to Tanzania, are improving their health, economics and environments with solar cooking and water pasteurization.
NEW SCI Association The SCI board of directors agreed to serve as the legal umbrella/secretariat for a Solar Cookers International Association (SCIA) to be formed at the international solar cookers conference in Granada, Spain in July 2006. Prior to the event, former SCI Executive Director Bev Blum and others who would attend the July conference worked diligently to set the stage for the formation of SCIA, which is made up of individuals and organizations throughout the world to become a single voice for solar cooking advocacy.
Conference Participation SCI members participated in the annual meeting of NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, as well as the following events:
New Advocacy Materials Portable displays, PowerPoint presentations, and policy papers increased visibility for solar cookers’ potential among international and national leaders.
Solar Film SCI served as the advisor to film maker Catherine Scott in the preparation of a video on solar cooking and solar water pasteurization in western Kenya titled “SUN COOKERS.”
Web site grows The Solar Cooking Archive <http://solarcooking.org> is continually expanding and is approaching 2 million visitors since its launch. It serves as a clearinghouse of solar cooking information from around the globe.
Collecting and sharing information Several Solar Cooker Review and eastern Africa SuNews issues have been published in print and on-line.
CooKit Enhancement Instructions for solar cooking and solar pasteurizing are now printed on the backs of CooKits sold in the United States.
Teacher Empowerment SCI’s teacher’s kit has been upgraded and improved with the addition of three full-color posters and a series of handouts.
Liberation of paper knowledge An ambitious project is underway to scan, catalog and make available via the Internet several hundred solar cooking documents that have previously only existed in paper form. Many, but not all, are technical in nature.
Inquiry Response SCI continues to respond to all information seekers, answering more than 1200 requests in the year. Tom Sponheim responded to most of the inquiries this year and continues in his 10th year as Webmaster of the Solar Cooking Archive. Those information seekers include established solar cooking organizations, new solar cooking groups, students, teachers, reporters, government officials, and many self-help and development organizations.
Project Updates During the year, SCI’s Solar Cooker Review facilitated exchange of information concerning independent solar cooking projects in 36 countries.
Awards Client-friends of information exchange won many awards during the year.
International Directory SCI maintains an on-line directory of over 500 solar cooking promoters worldwide at solarcooking.org/directory.htm.
Darfur refugees in Chad SCI and KoZon, a Dutch NGO, have partnered to provide solar cookers, related supplies and associated training to Darfur refugee families at Iridimi camp in Chad. CooKits were assembled on-site by 21 refugee women, who earned an income through this activity. A production workshop was completed in early 2006. Over 70 refugee women teach solar cooking and distribute solar cookers in the camp. The refugee women at Iridimi camp have persevered in promoting solar cooking even as the security situation has grown increasingly unstable since April 2006.
Order of Excellence Barbara Knudson was inducted into SCI Order of Excellence. Barbara has been an active volunteer in promoting solar cooking worldwide for almost two decades. She was a featured speaker on SCI’s first conference in 1989 and served 12 years as an SCI Board Member. Barbara was instrumental in the early success of SCI’s first field project, at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
Volunteer of the Year David Ruppe was awarded SCI’s Volunteer of the Year. For the past 16 years, David has donated countless hours of professional-quality layout services, enabling SCI to produce the Solar Cooker Review at reduced cost.
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Neva and Charles Glenn have been involved with solar cooking since 1982. The Glenns are the first participants in SCI’s new Gift Annuity Program.
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