Rwandan peacekeepers teach South Sudanese women to make efficient stoves

On 20 December 2017 at 10:23

At least 26 women representing both Shilluk and Nuer tribes were given a technical know-how on fuel efficient stoves in the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Malakal, the second largest city after South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

In this training of trainers (TOT) project, the trained women spread awareness of the idea to 80 women right away from the site.

The absence of piped gas stoves inside the POC sites in South Sudan provides limited cooking options for women inside the camps. Their dependence on firewood collected from distant areas presents a lot of risks. The dire need for firewood necessitates their frequent movement outside the PoCs. Given the fluid security situation in and around the POC sites, this movement though supervised by the protection force leaves pockets of blind spots, leaving the women vulnerable to abuse.

In light of the dangers looming around these women while collecting firewood, the Human Right Development Officer in consultation with the Head of Field Office in Malakal conceptualised the idea of having ‘Fuel Efficient Stoves’ which will considerably reduce the reliance on firewood. Rwandan peacekeepers codenamed RWANBATT 2 have the technical skills on the fuel efficient stoves and were contacted for offering the required TOT training and support the project.

After liaising with all stakeholders namely HRD, HoFO, OCHA and local communities, RWANBATT 2 soldiers taught POC women how to construct local economic stoves known as ‘rondereza’ in Rwandan language meaning ‘economize’. The purpose of the project is to economize firewood in order to protect women from being sexually harassed while collecting firewood outside the POC.