Cooking energy is virtually non-existent in aids provided to internally displaced persons (IDP) wherever they are camped. Women and girls are the worst affected as they face daily struggles and troubles in finding sufficient cooking energy (majorly firewood) to meet their energy needs. This project will provide clean energy and efficient cookstoves to reduce the health hazards, and risk of rape and gender based violence faced by women and girls in IDP camps in the process of firewood collection.
Energy is a central part of human survival however its accessibility in IDP camps poses a great challenge. Lack of safe access to energy can be life threatening. Because women, especially the widowed ones, have to provide for their selves, they are forced to leave the security of their camps in search of firewood; and as a result are faced with the challenge of rape and/or assault in the process. The project is targeting 2000 women across four internally displaced persons camps located in Abuja.
This project project facilitates access to affordable clean cookstoves and efficient fuel, reducing the difficulty of fuel collection and cooking time which will free them for productive endeavors. Also, reducing the time and distance which women and girls in the camps need to travel to collect fuel will reduce the risk of their being assaulted and raped. We explore economic empowerment, women's leadership, personal agency, and peer mentoring as a sustainable solution to energy poverty.
The project will provide sustainable solution to the cooking energy and related livelihoods crisis faced, women (especially by widows and orphaned girls), positioning them position them as leaders, peer mentors and authors of their future. This will enable them take charge of their own health, well being and socioeconomic status in the IDP camps and when they leave the camps..