Friday, January 28, 2011

Berkeley non-profit cooks up a solution to violence in Darfur

The war-ravaged region of western Sudan, Darfur, is the reason many people in our area got involved in activism there over the past five years. The Bay Area is home to a number of non-profits working on issues in Darfur, from student activism to charities, to development. There's a lab on the campus of UC BERKELEY that's home to a unique product that's helping thousands of women in Darfur. That product is a stove. Every day, women in Darfur walk miles to gather firewood for cooking, often risking being kidnapped or raped by bandits along the way. So, the engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab invented a new kind of wood-burning stove that uses much less wood than regular three-stone fires which the women cook on. This stove would not only make their lives easier, it could possibly save many lives. More>