Safe Water & Solar Cooking Tools for Ugandan Women

$1,615 $885
Raised Remaining


This project will supply female Ugandan refugees with solar cooking tools and water purification indicators to reduce their reliance on dangerous and unhealthy charcoal stoves and increase their access to safe water. This will greatly improve the health and safety of refugee families.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In the Acholi Quarter, a community of refugee families displaced by civil war, meals are cooked on charcoal stoves inside the home. Although charcoal stoves are inefficient and dangerous to run and the fuel is costly, it is the only option. The World Health Organization estimates that indoor smoke exposure from burning fuel kills almost 2 million people yearly and causes nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under 5. This community is also at risk of water-borne diseases.

How will this project solve this problem?

We provide solar cooking tools, reduced use charcoal stoves and water purification indicators to 50 women. They receive a two day training on how to properly use the equipment from a local Ugandan professional. These tools significantly improve the families' health, reduce the risk of fire in the home, and save money normally spent on expensive fuel.

Potential Long Term Impact

50 women, who head households of an average of 5 children, will spend a reduced amount of money on charcoal and have more funds to spend on other necessities. They will have less exposure to smoke inside the home and have access to clean water, leading to less illness and better health outcomes. Fires in the home will be less likely to occur. Better health statuses will allow the families more opportunities to succeed. The decreased use of charcoal will also benefit the environment.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,615

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,615 .  The original project funding goal was $2,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Karen Sparacio

Malden, MA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Safe Water & Solar Cooking Tools for Ugandan Women