Solar Oven Partners


Who would have guessed when Solar Oven Partners first started in 2000 that 17 years later it would distribute its 10,000th oven to a family in need. That's just what happened when the SOP UMVIM team visited the Dominican Republic in December.


Do you like to sew?
sop's Potholder Project Underway

What cook doesn't need a potholder--or two--to protect her hands when removing pans from a very hot oven. SOP is now including potholders with each oven we distribute. If you're a sewer, and you want in on this new opportunity to be involved with SOP in a needle and thread kind of way, read on...


After 16 years guiding Solar Oven Partners, Missionary and Director Rick Jost announces his upcoming retirement, and the search for a new SOP director begins. 



Thank you for givingtuesday gifts!!

Friends of Solar Oven Partners showed their generous spirit on UMC#GivingTuesday again in 2016. Our partners gave $7,925. "This is an excellent single-day response by donors moved to think critically and act compassionately by directing their gifts to those struggling with day-to-day hunger," says SOP Director Rick Jost. 


Be a 'Oven-a-Month' Partner

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Deforestation in many developing countries is of epic proportions. Until the demand for charcoal--used as cooking fuel and made from trees--is eased, deforestation will continue to take a tragic toll. Solar cooking is a practical and caring solution. How can you become involved?

Experience has demonstrated that teaching solar cooking is the basis for success--rather than simply delivering solar ovens. Furthermore, teaching in the students' first language--offered by passionate, experienced peers--fosters acceptance, ownership, and enthusiasm for solar cooking!


We hear urgency in the voices of people attending our solar cooking seminars, asking why the program took so long to reach them. Why SOP can't provide many more ovens? In response, we must grow our successful program, with multiple pieces required to put it all together!


Reach Out

Empowering People through Self-Help with Solar Cooking and Water Pasteurization.

SOP is Christian Love in Action!

Solar Oven Partners (SOP) is a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) project that works to place solar ovens in the hands of the poor in  deforested lands. SOP partners with the indigenous church and relief organizations to help alleviate human suffering and environmental destruction, following the UMVIM motto of Christian Love in Action!