A community school for all (children) in Fiarenana

by Zahana
Apr 5, 2012

We are cooking with the sun

Solar cooker made in Madagascar
Solar cooker made in Madagascar

In the pictures you see the first solar cookers waiting in the capital of Antananarivo to be taken to the school in our villages. Dr. Ihanta's grandson is diligently inspecting the new strange boxes in the hallway and they find his approval. All we need now is the end of the rainy season that makes the roads to the villages passable again, so the solar cookers can reach their final destination.

We anticipate that in the dry season, or any sunny day for that matter, the solar cookers can be used by the teachers and their students. Solar cookers are ideal to cook rice and soup for the school meals.

These solar cookers are entirely built in Madagascar by local craftsman, through the community benefit organization ADES (Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire). These sturdy “box cookers” are built to last for years of continuous use. A Zahana representative spent a few days with ADES participating in their solar cooker training and brought these solar cooker boxes back as his “luggage”. We are very excited about this new collaboration and hope to work with ADES for years to come, benefiting from their experience in the south of the country for over a decade.

Ihanta, Jeannette, Markus

Inspecting the brochure and the solar cooker
Inspecting the brochure and the solar cooker
Checking out the additional pieces
Checking out the additional pieces
Build in thermometer under the glass lid
Build in thermometer under the glass lid

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Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
Website: http:/​/​zahana.org
Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Honolulu, HI United States

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