Posted: Tue, May 30, 2017 | By: Kanyenze Humanist School
Solar Cookers offer great advantages to rural Uganda. Here’s a list of benefits:
1. Solar cookers can prevent the rapid deforestation that is presently taking place - Uganda is on pace now to be completely deforested by mid-century. Traditional stoves require burning firewood or charcoal, obtained in rural areas from trees in Uganda’s forests.
2. Solar cookers can reduce the long-term cost of cooking - firewood costs approximately $142 per term to cook lunch for a school of 200 students.
3. Solar cookers eliminate the extensive time required to collect firewood. This helps keep girls in school because girls are generally given the chore of collecting firewood.
4. Solar cookers eliminate the chronic lung diseases and death that results from inhaling smoke from traditional stoves.
Brighter Brains Institute is interested in setting up one of its schools, or one of its orphanages, with solar cookers. We are exploring the idea of having Kanyenze Girls Orphanage feed the residents with food prepared with solar cookers.
Three photos of the “umbrella-shaped” solar cookers we are considering are below. They cost $148 each. The last photo is a box-shaped solar cooker.