Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana

$19,608 $0
Raised Remaining


Using solar cookers in the village's school to prepare meals by and for the students. Introducing a new technology to the village via the children, reduces the need to chop down firewood trees.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Deforestation, due to using charcoal or wood fired cookstoves, is a key issue for Madagascar. Solar energy, often suggested, seems ideal, but introducing such a new technology is challenging and requires careful, culturally tailored planning. Currently a variety of solar cooker models are sold, but the price makes them unobtainable for most villages. Using and testing this new technology in the school, children will learn about solar energy benefits first hand and can take this experience home.

How will this project solve this problem?

To determine the most suitable solar cooker, Zahana will buy 4 or 5 models. School children will test them by integrating the cooking of rice into the curriculum and comparing the results over time. Applied math skills will be an added benefit.

Potential Long Term Impact

140 children attend school, most coming to school hungry. Cooked food will help them to learn better. Introducing solar cooking in the curriculum will plant a seed to get the community interested while counterbalancing deforestation sustainably.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $19,608

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 $19,608 .  The original project funding goal was $17,900.

Additional Documentation

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


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Antananarivo, Capital, Madagascar

Project Leader

Markus Faigle

Honolulu, HI United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana