Category Archives: Uganda

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.

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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.
#GivingTuesday#ChristmasChallenge17

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

Results of Comedy Night on 10th June 2017

Children at Palabek Ogili Camp

Children at Palabek Ogili Camp

Quick update following the Comedy Night on Saturday 10th June 2017.

After paying the comedian we’ve raised £536.40 for the 56 refugees at Palabek camp.

Massive thanks to Phil Beswick for doing a really great warm up, to Mark Palmer for such a brilliant main show and to everyone who supported on the night or sent donations. If anyone would still like to give, please use our donate page at http://arep4change.org/donate

We aim to send the money to Uganda in a few days time.

How is AREP affected by the famine in South Sudan?

AREP locations and the Famine situation

AREP locations and the Famine situation

The above graphic was published recently by Aljazeera. I have just added Pajok (the home town of our South Sudanese students) and Bweyale (where we rent a house as a holiday base).  As you can see, the main impact of the famine and emergency on AREP is indirect, due to the flow of new refugees caused by the war in South Sudan.

Juba to Pajok is 188 km
Pajok to Bweyale is 285 km

Bweyale to Kampala is 221 km