Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Our Fuel-Efficient Stove Project Success

To add even more excitement to this week’s whirlwind, I just read “Stove designed by US national lab improves lives in Darfur” about how the fuel-efficient stove project my husband and I helped to pioneer in South Darfur has been a success and continues to receive not only recognition within the scientific community but also among donor, aid and development communities around the world. After the initial design and testing by the team of scientists from the Berkeley National Laboratory, we mobilized the internally displaced person (IDPs) community in the South Darfur town of Kass to produce and distribute these stoves. The stoves we started out with were made of the tradition clay material, but the Berkeley Lab has since designed a much better version made of low-carbon steel sheet that has been in distribution and will continue to be used in the future.

I am so proud to learn that the work we started have impacted so many families and will expand into Ethiopia. According to the article, “Of the 2.4 million Darfuris displaced to sprawling refugee camps by an 8-year-old civil war, some 22 000 families now have one of the LBNL-designed stoves” and that “On 1 May, the US Agency for International Development awarded [ ] a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support the distribution of stoves in Darfur and in neighboring Ethiopia.”

It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of something that has such a positive impact in the world. Definitely an experience that I will never ever forget!

If you would like to see my previous post about the stoves, read “Honeymoon in Darfur – Women’s Center“.

And for the complete series of posts about our work in Darfur, see “Honeymoon in Darfur Series“.

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11 comments on “Our Fuel-Efficient Stove Project Success

  1. Marc Winger
    June 4, 2012

    Is it, that these people have forgotten the millenia-old traditions clay, mud or other fabricated stoves? You are a marvel.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 5, 2012

      Hi Marc, Thank you for visiting my blog. Traditionally the Sudanese use mud which is what we originally re-designed to make it more efficient (see photo). However, the Berkeley Lab team improved upon some of the features to conserve fire wood even more that can only be done with steel sheeting. The most important aspect of distributing these fuel-efficient stoves is to keep women from having to wander out frequently and farther into areas of danger where they are often attacked and raped. Metal sheeting may not be ideal or local, but it can save lives. As the article reference in my post states, “In cutting the wood fuel requirement in half, the stove also reduces Darfuri women’s exposure to violence.”

      • Marc Winger
        June 5, 2012

        Thank you so much. It’s easy for me to forget the dynamics in the region & the vulnerability of the women.

  2. shil
    June 4, 2012

    Its such a useful product to have. I have heard they have this in India too.

    • Wanderlustress
      June 4, 2012

      Yes they are making these in India for distribution in Sudan and Ethiopia.

  3. Madhu
    June 3, 2012

    Awesome! I have a close friend working for Shell foundation who distributes similar stoves in rural India. Wonder if they are the same products!

  4. travelladywithbaby
    June 3, 2012

    I love good news stories, especially in today’s climate.

  5. veg-ease
    June 3, 2012

    Wonderful colours! I love it when women wear colour…oh and cook on an fuel efficient stove

  6. Kyle Kuns
    June 3, 2012

    Congrats (and thank you) for making a meaningful difference in the world!

  7. meanwhilein3
    June 2, 2012

    Amazing evidence of how much we as individuals can make a difference in this world. Props to you and your husband!

  8. burningthecouch
    June 2, 2012

    Fantastic! Not only better for the environment, but ticking the box for women’s (primarily) time efficiency and safety during fuel collection as well ! Congrats, really inspiring. BM

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