Solar Oven Partners


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. 


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...

do ovens work?
can ovens do?
are solar ovens Needed?
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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!



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