Project information

Eco Stoves & Solar Cookers in Palabek Refugee Camp

Thousands of South Sudanese refugees are now in the Palabek Camps in Northern Uganda. Environmental degradation due to deforestation & charcoal burning is a risk. Well-designed Solar cookers can complement efficient charcoal stoves. We have several adults who could be trained in solar cooking.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: African Refugee Education Project

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  • Need


    Many thousands of newly arrived refugees at Palabek refugee camps in Northern Uganda are putting massive pressure on the capacity of the surrounding environment to support them. Charcoal burning is the usual cooking method. Clean-burning efficient charcoal stoves help reduce smoke levels significantly but solar cooking can also play a major role. The major issue with solar cooking is cultural change. Effective demonstrators are absolutely vital to successful adoption.


    We have several young adults, themselves South Sudanese refugees from the second civil war, whom we have been supporting at good schools in Uganda since 2007. They are now educated to Senior 4, Senior 5 and Senior 6. We would like to train them and deploy them in 2018 in encouraging the roll-out of solar cooking in the Palabek camps. We have a local source of cost-effective solar cookers which have been successfully road tested at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Roll-out the use of Haines solar cookers in the Palabek refugee camps in Northern Uganda


    » Recruit and train the solar-cooking champions.
    » Deploy the solar-cooking champions in the Palabek camps.

    What success will look like

    Adoption of regular solar cooking (several times per month) by at least 5% of the families in Palabek Ogili refugee camp by the end of 2018.

  • Impact


    The shift away from sole reliance on charcoal burning and the use of solar cooking brings its own tangible rewards:
    1. reduced expenditure on charcoal,
    2. fewer respiratory diseases due to absence of smoke inhalation,
    3. reduced environmental degradation due to tree-felling.


    Unrest in the refugee camps has already been reported. However, we know of 12 family groups who are in Palabek Ogili camp who are related to some of those who we want to deploy as solar cooking champions


    Through our regular newsletter (email) and via our Facebook page and via WhatsApp.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Training and travel Training in solar cooking for up to 4 people, plus travel costs from Kampala
      £500 Purchase of solar cookers Initial purchase of solar cookers at $25 each.
      £2,500 Subsistence and travel costs Subsistence and travel costs of solar cooking champions
  • Background


    Palabek in Northern Uganda is apparently one of the best places for solar cooking in the whole country (Source: Okello Openy, The Alliance for African Assistance, Gulu, Uganda)


    Hundreds of refugees in the Palabek camps. This number should grow into the thousands by the end of 2018 if the project really takes off as we believe it can.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already had a survey team of 3 people visit Palabek Ogili camp (May 2017).
    We have up to 4 young adult refugees whom we have been educating at good schools in Uganda since 2007, eg Seeta High School Mukono. All have successfully reached Senior 4 (GCSE) and some have reached Senior 5 (Year 12) and some have reached Senior 6 (Year 13). These young adults will be our solar cooking champions. In addition, they will be motivated to succeed because some of their own families are in Palabek!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Benjamin Nuwe

    Kampala co-ordinator and main link with the UK

    Nigel Patrick Oroma

    Solar Cooking Champion

    Ochieng Joe

    Solar cooking champion

    Akello Joyce

    Solar cooking champion