15 years spreading solar cooking & water pasteurization
sci gathers and shares expertise in solar cooker
grateful for your valuable advice and i will follow your plan to spread the
solar cooking idea in my country. � i am really impressed by the commitment
the sci feels toward solar promoters everywhere and glad to be in good hands.�
�you are a thoughtful, empathetic, indefatigable and
helpful friend. i really appreciated your detailed dissertation on the parts of
the solar cooking campaign which have puzzled me. i have forwarded your e-mail
to distant helpers and will print out a number of copies for people here in
sci�s guiding principles:
aisha refugee camp in ethiopia
this project, initiated by un high commission for refugees, ended this year, as the refugees will soon return to somalia. (see also research.)
kakuma refugee camp in northern kenya
trainers, themselves refugees, are now forming a co-op to continue providing instruction and replacement supplies with minimal outside support.
(new) nyakach community in western kenya
a new community-based project was launched, in partnership with nyakach community development association, to address acute wood scarcity and waterborne diseases in this droughticken area of kenya.
�since firewood has not been distributed for the last
nine months, solar cooking is my only hope.
� solar cooking allows me to save my food until the next
food distribution, because i do not have to barter my food for firewood.�
�i like using the wapi (water pasteurization indicator)
because i can [heat] water collected from river tharach and avoid attacks of
diarrhea or typhoid.�
2002-2003 was a year of transitions. near the end of fiscal year 2003 executive director terry grumley left for a new career and sci welcomed back its former director bev blum as its leader. we wrapped up our project at aisha refugee camp in ethiopia, as these refugees expect to go home. we started a new project in the western kenya community of nyakach. we developed new materials for sci�s technical support services.
in july 2002, sci marked its 15th anniversary. this is a good time to ask: where do solar cookers really help people? how has sci accelerated the spread of solar cooking to the estimated one billion people that could benefit most?
in fifteen years, sci has:
there is much more to do to serve the one billion people who could benefit most from solar cookers. we are impatient but optimistic. consider another simple, yet effective piece of technology: the bicycle. the first prototypes appeared around 1817. it took another 75 years before a truly practical design was developed, and within a generation there were hundreds of millions in use around the world. today, deep into the automobile age, the bicycle is still a major mode of transportation and remains true to its elegant simplicity and affordability for all but the poorest. solar cookers have an equally bright future, and we�re dedicated to hasten that future.
this year sci was the grateful recipient of a most generous $40,000 gift from solar cooking pioneers barbara kerr and sherry cole. the gift was given in honor of another pioneer, bob metcalf.
an inventor and public health nurse, kerr designed the simple, widely-copied cardboard box cooker, a through-the-wall solar cooker and solar sterilizers. she also had an important hand in developing the elegantly simple cookit and built the sustainable living center in taylor, arizona. cole advised kerr to pause her inventing to make her simple box cooker more widely available, then helped kerr to do so.
metcalf learned about solar cookers 25 years ago through kerr-cole enterprises, and has solar cooked ever since. he also took kerr�s efficient, simple box cookers to many corners of the world. more recently he has traveled and taught about the newer cookit and also researched and taught extensively about solar water pasteurization. he has spent nearly every recent summer break in africa sharing his expertise.
kerr, cole and metcalf are all sci founders and have been major inspirations for sci from its beginning. we honor and thank these leaders, who have worked tirelessly to spread solar cooking to those who can benefit most.
this year we began a process to update and expand our basic publications, starting with the popular booklet how to make and use a solar cooker.
our field projects have added to the growing volume worldwide of documented acceptance, use and fuel savings. an extensive, independent evaluation of the aisha refugee camp indicated that 94% of the families in this highly traditional society adopted solar cooking and on average they used 33% less fuel wood and 26% less charcoal.
our volunteer united nations representatives in geneva and new york continue to introduce solar cooking into discussions of policy makers.
solar cooking could benefit one billion people who suffer fuel shortages and/or deadly waterborne diseases. other benefits include
full audited financial statements are available on request. sci is a member of interaction and meets all of its standards for private, voluntary organizations. *$75,000 of the $80,000 in grants is restricted to use during fiscal year 2004.
sci�s work is funded by 2,976 individuals like you as well as foundations, associations and major donors.
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