One of the attainments of food security is access to fuels and stoves for cooking. Most times, conflict affected people receive food without fuels and stoves to cook. The stoves to be distributed by the project will complement food security efforts of the humanitarian community.
Protection, Health & Education
An assessment conducted by ICEED and Mercy Corps in 2017 showed that almost all the households in the target LGAs use traditional firewood stoves for cooking. Access to this fuel has declined over the years, and exacerbated by increased insurgent activities around all liberated areas, making it dangerous to venture for firewood. Reports of GBV in communities and IDP camps as a result of the quest for firewood are on the increase. In the kitchens, women and children are exposed to smoke from traditional cooking fires. According to the World Health Organization, smoke from cooking fires kills over 95,000 annually. The introduction of fuel efficient cookstoves will greatly reduce the quest for firewood, reduced GBV and improved health for cooks in the households.
In addition, the project will provide access to solar electricity to 12 health and educational institutions and 650 homes across the target LGAs. Provision of electricity to health institutions will enhance service delivery, including reduced maternal and child mortality. For education institutions supplied with solar, the learning environment of the students will be enhanced and they are able to undertake after-dark lessons. Their school environment will be better illuminated thus enhancing their after-school social activities. The solar home systems will improve household lighting and eliminate dependence on smoky lighting appliances.
The planned technical and business development for the 280 persons on solar and cookstove technologies will expand their livelihood opportunities. The planned grant disbursement, ongoing apprenticeship and mentor-ship support will ensure the 280 beneficiaries establish solar and cook stove businesses. It is the overall objective that a core of sustainable household energy business champions established in the target areas that go beyond the planned number of beneficiaries.
Safe Access To Fuels & Energy (SAFE)
The solar energy systems and fuel-efficient wood stoves to be provided by the project will ensure that at least 10,650 households and 12 public institutions have access to these life-saving household energy solutions. ICEED led the process for the formation of the SAFE humanitarian subsector and continues to play an important role to ensure objectives are achieved.