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