Soroptimist International President, Ann Garvie choose “See Solar, Cook Solar” for her International President’s Appeal: “Can you imagine finding time to earn your living if you had to spend hours every day collecting firewood? Or how you would study with no electric light in the evening?".   One quarter of the world’s population do not have reliable access to electricity; 70% of these are women and girls living in developing countries.

“I first became aware of the scale of this problem at CSW in New York in 2012. Several side events highlighted the health implications of the continued use of firewood in generating poisonous air pollution and the perpetual darkness which prevents women and girls from learning. It is a problem that will only get worse with the diminished availability of firewood in the very near future for rural communities in Africa, Asia, and South America."

“That is why I have chosen to support projects providing women with education on renewable sources of energy and solar cookers and lanterns for my December 10 Appeal."

Update: This project assisted SI Bayside and SI Lae with the Lighting the Way project, as well as Soroptimist Sisters in Fiji.

For further information about the Appeal, read the leaflet.

Image above shows a Solar Cooker Installation and Training in Kubulau District Primary School in Bua, Vanua Levu in FIJI ISLANDS