Film, Food

Suncookers – Teaching Refugees Solar Cooking (Kanopy Film Review)

Shot in Kenya in 2006, this short documentary film follows Margaret Owino, of Solar Cookers International in Nairobi, as she teaches refugees how to use solar cooking. Deforestation in Kenya has made the firewood and charcoal that the refugees use to cook incredibly scarce and expensive. The need for such a scarce commodity causes negative relations and unrest between the refugees and neighboring villages and further depletes what is left of the forest, thereby compromising the arable land.

Margaret Owino along with other representatives travel throughout villages to train and educate villagers on the many health, economical, and environmental benefits of using the solar cooking method to feed their families. The use of solar cooking is not only cheaper than using firewood and charcoal but, “for millions of people living in dry, fuel scarce regions, solar cookers can literally save lives.”

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