Category Archives: Development

Empowerment – making clothes at Kiryandongo

Empowerment: Esther now makes and sells childrens’ clothes using skills she gained through AREP sponsorship.

Increasingly within AREP, we are looking for effective ways for people to become self-supporting.  Starting a small business making and selling clothes is one great way.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Esther’s business.  She is looking for investors!


What is an Eco Stove?

The Eco Stove is a revolutionary product. It was invented in Uganda by Rose Twine and is manufactured there. It is already being deployed in some refugee camps. I met Rose this week in Kampala.
What is an Eco StoveThis model retails for 900,000 shillings (£190) and has a 30 Watt Solar PV panel which powers 2 LED lights, 2 USB sockets for charging mobile phones, an FM radio, an mp3 music player and a Fan which drives air through the cooker, raising the cooking temperature and eliminating smoke. Brilliantly simple, appropriate technology. It can burn charcoal residue (dust and small pieces) which is MUCH cheaper than standard charcoal. Finally, pieces of volcanic rock are used to trap and re-radiate the heat – this further improves the efficiency of the cooker.
A simpler, cheaper model is available for 550,000 shillings (£118) which can burn either firewood or charcoal and has a 20 Watt Solar panel which powers 2 LED lights, 1 USB socket and a Fan.

The Eco Stove can be used at any time and in any season, whereas Solar Cookers are most appropriate during the long hot dry season.

We now think that both Eco Stoves and Solar Cookers have a place in Uganda, with the Eco Stove having the edge! The Haines Solar Cooker costs about £20.

Only 3 days to go until Big Give Christmas Challenge goes live!

Colobus monkey says “Only 3 days until the Big Give Christmas Challenge goes live!” at 12 noon on Tuesday 28th November, One donation – twice the impact.

This year our project at African Refugee Education Project is “Eco Stoves and Solar Cookers for Palabek and Kiryandongo Refugee Camps in Uganda”.
This monkey was at Entebbe Botanical Gardens on Monday this week, just before I caught the plane back to UK after my latest audit visit.

Please be sure to check back any time from Tuesday 12 noon 28th Nov and for the following 7 days. More pictures to come!

Global off-grid lighting association

There’s no mains power in Pajok, so this organisation has some relevance!
I noticed that in their photos are the same solar powered lights we took out to Pajok in December 2011.  The ones in our pictures below are from dlightdesign. The same product featured on the BBC’s series “A History of the World in 100 objects”.  The 100th object was this particular design!  We would like to supply further lights to our friends in Pajok if at all possible.  Fiona and Sunday are at school there.  The lights are small and not very heavy (770 grams) so are suitable for carrying in luggage.

Solar light fully charged by 11am

Solar light at Pajok, fully charged by 11am

Kampala power cut, Laptop plus D-Lights!

Kampala power cut, Laptop plus two D-Lights!