Posted on March 1, 2009
Published in Parade Magazine, March 1, 2009
The Simple Tool That Saves Women’s Lives
Before they got the solar cookers, female refugees often were attacked.
A cardboard box is saving the lives of thousands of people in Africa. It’s called a solar cooker, and it is pure ingenuity. Take two pieces of cardboard, add some tinfoil and sunlight—and anything can be cooked. You can even get water to boil.
With the help of thousands of Americans, solar cookers have found their way to camps in Chad that house refugees who fled the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. More than 250,000 live in these camps, each sheltering about 20,000 people.
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