In Uganda, January of each year sees the tense wait for exam results by those who took their key Senior 4 exams in November, equivalent to GCSEs in the UK.
We have two students undergoing this wait! Lovemore and Scovia, here pictured with the headteacher of Seeta High School: Lydia Lukwago Kagoya
The early bird catches the worm. This Common Fiscal Shrike [Lanius Collaris] was first out of the blocks after a rainstorm at Kabale last month. He says “Thank-you to each person who pledged and donated for the Eco Stove and Solar Cookers Big Give project”.
We reached our target total! £4025 was raised before Giftaid. Now the focus switches to implementation. Watch this space to see how we put your money to work!
It takes a little time to collect the pledges and the Giftaid.
The Big Give say they will credit our account on 15th December with the money from the public donations.
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Common Fiscal Shrike
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.
This 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.
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!
Just preparing for a trip to Uganda, which will involve working with Joe and Nigel (pictured) on our Solar Cooker project for Palabek Refugee Camp. A chance to double your donation on #GivingTuesday Nov 28th when the Big Give Christmas Challenge goes live. Please Save the Date!
Adjumani to Palabek
An excellent piece on the BBC today on the resilience, initiative, and leadership shown by many refugees, especially women. The refugee camp mentioned, Adjumani, is an established one, it is 75 miles from the brand new camps at Palabek. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39998759
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.
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