Why Are Solar Ovens Needed?
For a third of humanity, a hot meal means cooking over an open fire. (Solar Cookers International). As such, with 40% of the population of the Dominican Republic living in poverty, the woman of the household is frequently balancing the purchase of cooking fuel against buying adequate and healthy food to feed the family.
Solar Ovens pasteurize drinking water to help reduce life-threatening diarrhea/dehydration, thus lowering infant/childhood mortality rates from water-borne diseases.
Cooking with charcoal, traditional fuel in countries like the Dominican Republic, is unhealthy. Solar Ovens eliminate the resulting air pollution and reduce cases of respiratory and eye disease (also burns) among women and children who tend cooking fires.
How Can I Help?
Give the gift of a solar oven to a family in need. Costs of components and shipping for the high-quality ovens have topped $100. When added to the cost of the program’s two-day training seminars—an essential element in successfully placing an oven—the cost is approximately $150 per family.
Tax-deductible gifts of any size are important (http://www.solarovenpartnersumc.org/make-a-donation.html)
Dakotas UMC Advance #637 UMCOR Advance #418812
Serve on a Volunteers In Mission team at your own expense to help with solar oven assembly and training for solar cooking.
Volunteer to help fabricate oven components at Central Workshop at Volga, SD and the reflector workshop in Moffit, ND
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit the Solar Oven Partners web page for in- depth information.
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For more information, contact Solar Oven Partners Missionary Director Rick Jost.
Lead the way—cook with the sun!