“The stove is good because it’s efficient and saves fuel and cooks faster… Even a small portion of fuel can make your food.”
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs assessment figure, verified by the International Organization of Migration.
Estimated girls & women affected
This is the population assessment based on records collected the area.
Estimated community members affected
In 2013, we responded to the needs of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) affected by Jebel Amir Crisis in North Darfur State, a crisis that was triggered following disputes over ownership of a gold mine field. Your support helped fund a project to support targeted household victims of this crisis. The proposal was for distribution of fuel efficient stoves to minimize the risks of women engaged in firewood collection. Targeted families were IDPs mainly in Elsireaf, Kebkabiya and Gharra Azawiya in North Darfur and Kalma and Saniya Daliaba in South Darfur.
Main activities and achievements included:
- Held meetings with community leaders; Agreed to target those most in need (for example, women headed households, widows, large households with no assets); Agreed on selection criteria and selection of target beneficiaries.
- Distributed 1,080 fuel efficient stoves to 400 households in Elsireaf, 200 households in Kebkabiya, 400 households in Kalma camp, and 80 in Saniya Delaiba village hosting IDPs.
- Organized training for beneficiaries (stove recipients) on how to use the stoves.
- Monitored the results and gathered feedback.
“More people should have these stoves…The stove is good because it’s efficient and saves fuel and cooks faster… Even a small portion of fuel can make your food.” - Hawa Adam Dawelbiat, mother and stove recipient “Comparing the full cost of the stove—materials, transport, training, assembly, and overhead—with the economic benefits,” says Andree Sosler, executive director of the Darfur Stoves Project, “every dollar invested in the stoves results in nearly $20 in the hands of Darfuri women.”
Risks and challenges
- Constant change in beneficiaries’ status due to continuation of prolonged violence and arrival of new displaced people
- High demand of stoves compared to limited resources
- Access problems created by insecurity/ violence
- Continuous decline in funding opportunities year after year
What we’ve learned
The fuel efficient stove is one of the important needs for internally displaced women. It contributes to reducing time and the cost of fuel consumption and reduces chances of women's exposure to violence by reducing the frequency of fetching fuel, wood, and charcoal. The fuel efficient stoves also benefit the environment.
The need for these fuel efficient stoves is significant, along with the continuation of this project and more funding. Women and girls will continue to be at risk as they collect fuel wood, often for most of the day and far away from home. Natural fuel sources, wood, and charcoal, are increasingly hard to find and more expensive. What little trees remain around the camps are gradually cleared away from the main urban centers that accommodate big numbers of internally displaced people.
Amount spent so far
Limited access to conflict areas like Darfur make it very difficult for independent media agents to write about the Darfur crisis. The lack of knowledge and publicity around these events and the situation contributes to the ongoing problem and violence against women in the area. For further reading, please see our impact report. Also see stories on our website.
Oxfam America in Sudan: Update on the Darfur stoves project
Oxfam America is thrilled to receive $20,000 in support of our work to provide fuel-efficient stoves to women in the camps of Darfur. This important contribution will help ensure the safety of women and girls in the camps and the conservation of the environment.
Although Oxfam is in receipt of this significant donation, we have not been able to distribute new fuel efficient stoves. Our Sudan office has been burdened with and prioritizing Oxfam’s response to several serious emergencies in the area: conflict-related displacement in Darfur, floods in/near Khartoum, and conflict-related displacement in North and South Kordofan.
Oxfam and partners in Darfur are currently reaching more than 330,000 people in camps and rural areas with programs to provide water, sanitation, hygiene, livelihoods activities (cash grants, assets, and training to start small businesses), and fuel-efficient stoves.
Risks and challenges
There has been widespread demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities in the wake of the government’s move to lift subsidies on fuel and other commodities in September. The protests have been met with violence: There have been more than 200 deaths. The situation is now less violent but still tense, with a large presence of police and national security on the streets of Khartoum, and prices continuing to rise sharply. In Darfur, 45 people were killed in recent fighting between the Misseriya and Salamat tribes in Central Darfur state. The groups have clashed several times since April and the number of internally displaced people has reached 15,300. Many are making their way to areas where Oxfam and partners are operating in South Darfur.
In addition, Oxfam is responding to floods in Sudan triggered by heavy rainfall in early August. This intervention is aimed at 10,000 people in North and South Darfur as well as in Khartoum, the latter being the more heavily affected. Our response work has been carried out in the midst of unprecedented social unrest and violence in Sudan’s major cities due to the lifting of fuel subsidies by the government of Sudan.
Our staff have remained safe during this time and we continue to monitor the situation closely with them.