Safe Water & Solar Cooking Tools for Ugandan Women

 
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Mothers, like Cecilia, living in the slum of Uganda's Acholi Quarter spend half of their earnings just to buy charcoal to cook for their families.  For a family living in poverty, this is like watching hard-earned money go up in smoke.
 
You can give women like Cecilia an alternative to cook using free, clean solar energy.
  • $10 provides a solar panel reflector & water purification indicator which allows a family to have clean water indefinitely
For families who live on less than $2 a day, this is an opportunity to help them save money on fuel they would have to burn away.  Your gift matters.
Helen
Helen

When Helen learned how to implement a cooking bag into her routine, her life got a whole lot easier.  Gone were the days of stirring food over a charcoal stove for hours.  Helen started using it immediately and never looked back!  Around mid-day she starts preparing the family's main meal.  After it is partially cooked, she removes it from the charcoal stove and place the food in separate, covered containers into the cooking bag.  Then she goes back to work tending chickens and selling foodstuffs from her home.  The food continues to cook in the bag.  When her grandchildren come home from school, the food is ready for them.  And when her daughter comes home hours later, her food, which remained in the cook bag, is still warm.  You can revolutionize the way women prepare meals, by helping us provide a cooking bag for another woman in Uganda's Acholi Quarter.

For just $25, you can provide the means for a family to have a hot meal.

$25 means improved health outcomes, increased hours of productivity at work, and a more hopeful future for an impoverished family.

Hope and a little help make all the difference.   Together we can transform the community of the Acholi Quarter.

judith
judith

Judith is just one of the many women who have benefited from learning how to harness the sun's power to prepare food and purified water for her family.

Originally from Gulu in war-torn Northern Uganda, Judith fled the violence.  On one occasion, Judith and her family were locked up in a house by the insurgents. Two of her brothers were taken and killed. Petrified, Judith headed south. She found refuge in the Acholi Quarter in 1995 and it has become her home.


Judith is married and together, they care for five children. Three are their own and an orphaned neice and nephew. To earn money to pay for food and rent, Judith supplements her husband’s income by rolling paper beads for Project Have Hope and occasionally selling second hand clothes. Despite her efforts, Judith still struggles.  Through using a solar reflector and a cooking bag, she is now able to reduce the cost of buying charcoal and is better able to provide for her family.

For just $10, you can provide the means for a family to have access to clean water.

$10 means improved health outcomes, increased hours of productivity at work, and a more hopeful future for an impoverished family.

Hope and a little help make all the difference.   Together we can transform the community of the Acholi Quarter.

solar
solar

The Acholi women in Uganda have embraced solar cooking.  They have done so because it saves them time and money.  But the unanticipated and often overlooked consequences are even greater.  They are helping to protect the environment.  Each woman that uses a solar cooker every day the sun shines saves up to one ton of firewood each year.  And their children are less at risk of being burned because they're are less open fires.  And  because sunlight is free fuel, families can solar cook more nutritrious, less expensive foods like dried beans and legumes that normally require long cooking times and consume large amounts of fuel.  They can also pasterurize their drinking water using only the sun and use the saved "fuel money" to buy food.  Your support has made this possible.  Thank you!

Purified Water
Purified Water

One and a half years ago, women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda learned how to harness the brilliance and power of the sun to prepare meals for their famlies and purify water.  Using reflector panels, reduced charcoal stoves and insulated cooking bags, 25 women are now able to spend less time cooking and more time on income generating activities making them better able to provide for their families. The short term benefits of these tools are changing lifestyles in the community, while the long term health benefits of purified water will be lifesaving.

Despite this success, we are still short of our goal of providing 50 women with solar cooking equipment. 

For just $10, you can provide the means for a family to have access to clean water.

 $10 means improved health outcomes, increased hours of productivity at work, and a more hopeful future for an impoverished family.

Hope and a little help make all the difference.   Together we can transform the community of the Acholi Quarter.

A Delicious Meal
A Delicious Meal

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Karen Sparacio

Director
Malden, MA United States

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