Haines 2.0 Solar Cookers for Refugees in Uganda

In late January 2020, 33 women in the Palabek Refugee Community in northern Uganda received Haines 2.0 Solar Cookers and were extensively trained in how to use them. The project was organized by the Gulu-based Alliance for African Assistance in partnership with the African Refugee Education Project, the San Diego Rotary Club, Solar Household Energy and the Solar Connect Association of Uganda. The goal is to establish 33 women in the community as long-term solar cooking enthusiasts.  Three of the women will be selected by their peers as to conduct periodic surveys to evaluate the long term use and adoption of the cookers, and the possibility of establishing a sustainable solar cooker enterprise in the community.

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 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.

Haines Solar Cookers in Kisumu, Kenya

Camily and Kisumu EducatorsOn May 14, 2016, Camily Wedende of Eldoret, Kenya, obtained six Haines Solar Cookers from Dinah Chiengo in Lower Nyakach, Kenya, and provided a solar cooking demonstration to a group of educators in Kisumu, Kenya.  It was a very sunny day and the educators were very happy and amazed to see some meat, ugali, and green vegetables cooked in the sun. They tested the food and found that it was well cooked, and expressed interest in purchasing the cookers for $40 (4,000 KSh) each. Camily is actively promoting Haines Solar Coolers through his business, Sun Cookers International, in Eldoret.