Commencing with the establishment of its maiden programs in Darfur and Northern Uganda in 2006, Lifeline has been promoting the use of clean cook stove technologies to relieve the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) for over 14 years.
Lifeline’s commitment to these populations stems from its conviction that nowhere are the problems associated with wood-fuel scarcity more acute than in refugee and IDP settings – settings that are typified by extreme overpopulation, barren landscapes, insecure surroundings and fierce tensions with local residents. The human and environmental consequences that flow from these conditions are severe: refugees and IDPs are forced to spend countless hours foraging for wood, the women who perform this task are exposed to rape and other forms of violence, the congested camps are at constant risk of being set ablaze by cooking fire, and the vicinity around them become completely deforested.
To mitigate these issues, Lifeline has produced and/or distributed over 100,000 fuel-saving stoves to families displaced by human and natural disaster in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Kenya, Congo, Uganda and Haiti. As a result of this extensive experience, Lifeline is widely recognized as the “go-to” agency for implementing such interventions in Sub Saharan Africa and, as such, has been frequently called upon by the UNHCR, WFP and other relief agencies for technical advice and support in addressing wood-fuel scarcity problems.