Haines 2 Solar Cookers in The Gambia

Heather Daniel, Director of The New Hope Project, recently took ten Haines 2 Solar Cookers to The Gambia, where she conducted solar cooking training in several locations. Her team also built stands for the cookers. The women in the attached photos made pepper soup (steak and black pepper stew). Heather is planning more fundraising to get more cookers.

 
To support her, visit The New Hope Project. She also thinks it may be possible to start selling the cookers in The Gambia. She is also conducting training at a lodge, where the owner would like to have his chefs use the solar cookers.

Women in The Gambia making steak and black pepper stew
Haines Solar Cookers being used in The Gambia
Haines Solar Cookers in The Gambia

Haines Solar Cookers for Haiti

In October, 2016, for his Eagle Scout project, Russell Desrosier of Fairfax, Virginia, arranged for his Boy Scout troop to build 36 Haines Solar Cookers for Haiti. In the group photo, Russell in the one in the funny hat made from a circular cover. Russell plans to deliver the cookers in January 2017 to recipients in Haiti as part of a project organized by WeCareToShare, Chantal, a medical-dental relief team that has been working in Chantal, Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Chantal is a rural rice-farming village approximately 250 km from Port Au Prince on the Tiburon Peninsula. The team obtained a grant from Rotary District 7610 to improve a kitchen at one of the Chantal schools with almost 900 K – 12 students. The group has been consulting with solar cooking experts Mary Buchenic and Sharon Cousins, and plans an intensive one week workshop on solar cooking for the village. They’ll be teaching the school cooks to use solar cooking as well as teaching adults from the village.

Haines Solar Cookers in Gaga Refugee Camp

Haines Solar Cookers in Gaga Refugee Camp

In March, 2016, a contractor tested Haines Solar Cookers in the Gaga Refugee Camp in Chad, and found that they outperformed the other solar cookers tested, and that a focus group in the camp preferred the Haines over the others. Accordingly, the contractor recommended the Haines Cooker for use by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The contractor’s field tests confirmed that the Haines Cooker cooks faster than the other cookers tested, and that it was more convenient to use.

For many years, NGOs have funded the distribution of cardboard “CooKit” solar cookers in the Gaga Camp. But this project has ended, and the U.N. is phasing out free distribution of wood, so there is an even greater need for solar cookers. As a result, we are seeking funding to get Haines Solar Cookers into Gaga and other refugee camps. Consistent with the UN’s new “entrepreneurial model,” outside funding would allow us to offer Haines Solar Cookers in the camps at “market” (i.e., subsidized) prices.