Solar Ovens in Afghanistan
Trust in Education’s latest project is solar ovens. Through the passion of a local East Bay volunteer, TIE made five solar cookers and sent them to Kabul in mid-2010. Then during Budd’s visit in September, they assembled the ovens and delivered them to refugee camps. The Afghanis didn’t know quite what to make of them. But Budd was encouraged enough to build 100 move ovens. Conversion to solar cooking is yet another TIE educational challenge. What better place than with those can least afford the alternatives. Wood if expensive. Smoke inhalation is a major health hazard, especially for women, who do most of the cooking. 70% of wood fires are used to heat water. Harmful bacteria is killed when water reaches 150 degrees, and the ovens can obtain 350 degrees in 45 minutes.