6000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers Update
By Kat Ballard - Safe Stoves Project Update
We've seen an increase in the production of safe stoves despite the difficult seasonal challenges in Chad. Along with increased production, more famlies have acquired safe stoves for their homes. Our production groups have worked well together providing women with economic empowerment. Each group is made up of 50 women who have created 800 new units sold to DWN. We have in turn purchased and distributed those stoves to an additional 200 widows and 600 of the poorest families in the Touloum Camp.
We began with the goal of supplying 7000 stoves. We've now dropped that number since we've been able to provide over 1000 stoves since the inception of this project! With another 800 stoves produced and delivered, we're making great progress in our mission.
We couldn't do it without you, our supporters, and your generosity. We couldn't do it without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and the brave women working to create these stoves in Touloum.
DWN is committed to continue the Safe Stove project til we get that number down to 0 for Touloum and can move to another camp.
Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing what 2018 can deliver!
Feb 20, 2018
By Mastora Yagoub Bakhiet - Project Leader
On behalf of Darfur Women Network, I would like to share with you our excited news. Thank you so much for your strong support.
During the rainy season and the end of the harvest the refugees suffer a shortage of water. They have to clean the wells to be able to get water. Cleaning up the wells means the refugees would designate volunteers to tie them with a rope around the waist of a young man.
The volunteers would be sent carefully down 12 meters in the depth of the wells. The container and shelf should follow them to the well. They should clean up the wells and would remove the dirt and trash by pulling the rope. The refugees around the well will pull the volunteer out of the well. Afterwards, the well would be ready for serving our refugees community.
Challenges: Risky and dangerous for the volunteers who would allow people to hold the unsafe cord to get them deep into the wells. In addition, it is painful to be pulled out with a rope, they have no safety tools.
Solution: Provide safety tools to those who clean up the wells.
The Darfur Women Network,DWN, wishes you Happyy Holidays!
In 2017, we made extreme changes that impacted the survivors of the Darfur genocide in the refugee camp. The Solar Panel Project, our innovative project, improved the refugee’s lives.
Darfur Women Network (DWN) served 13 community centers by providing solar panels to replace firewood light for multiple purposes.
DWN provided waterproof sheets to cover the roofs made from local materials to ensure the continuation of services during the rainy season.
DWN provided rugs to sit on instead of sand.
DWN has trained 26 refugees on the upkeep of the community center for multiple purposes.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j06S2x0vmdc
DWN is thinking about using solar energy for cooking in the refugee camp during the summer. DWN needs practical solar cookers that can be appropriate for our cultural and/or traditional food. Any ideas are valuable to us and if there are any solar energy companies that share the same mission, please provide their information to DWN.