Solar Oven Partners
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?
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!
Empowering People through Self-Help with Solar Cooking and Water Pasteurization.
SOP is Christian Love in Action!
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!