Today we showed your video to a small group of women in Camp Oure Cassoni. Aziza showed us how to set up the cooker, which she received just a month ago. There are now two solar cookers per block in her Zone (which there are three of). They are just beginning to use them, but still have the need for firewood to cook when there is no sun and in the evening. This camp is unique in that UNHCR provides firewood to the refugees so they do not have to leave the camp in search of it. During the drive between the camp and Bahai, the nearby village, we see hardly any wood at all and what we do see would barely support the local Chadian villages, let alone 27,000 refugees.
As for the backpacks! It was a great feeling to stumble across two groups of kids returning from school for their morning break carrying the backpacks. They were eager and excited to show them off. One group of boys came running to see what we were all about carrying their backpacks. The other group of girls was a bit more shy, but liked having their pictures taken as well. When asked about the backpacks, the mothers said everyone was excited including the students and especially the teachers. The schools here are the most depressed of any we have seen. Most all are make shift with tarps and loosely built wood frames. The resources that you sent them were quite necessary, and greatly appreciated.
More to come on the situation of schools and solar cookers later in i-ACT and when we return to the US we will create a DVD just for your group!