What is the Solar Cooker Project?

The project is the brainchild of Steve Harrigan. After extensive research, consultation and experimentation with various solar cooker models, Steve prepared a solar cooking training model and manual.

In May 2007 and February 2008, training workshops were conducted in six locations: Kalma and Saliki IDP camps in South Darfur, El Fasher town and Kassab IDP camp in North Darfur, and Omdurman and Haj Yousif in Khartoum.

Over 100 trainees learned to make solar cookers from materials acquired locally. Enthusiasm replaced initial skepticism; the workshop participants quickly recognized the time- and money-saving benefits of the cookers, and learned to prepare all of the traditional Sudanese foods.

Workshop participants graduated to User-Trainers. They continue to experiment with recipes, develop cooking-time charts and conduct training workshops within their communities. DPDO subsidizes training workshops and provides supplies and training expertise, manuals, and follow-up assessment of use.