SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Samsung Electronics revealed that it had supplied 10,000 low carbon eco-friendly cook stoves to a Kenyan refugee camp in the Kakuma region.
This is not the first time the South Korean tech giant has contributed cooking equipment to Kenya; 10,000 cook stoves were distributed to select areas in the Kenyan city of Mombasa in November.
The world’s longest-standing refugee camp, an estimated 185,000 reside in the UNHCR-managed settlement.
The cooking stoves donated by Samsung run on bioethanol produced from the waste products of sugar manufacturing plants.
The company has pointed out that using bioethanol as fuel can generate fire six times hotter than using charcoal, one of the key fuels used for cooking in Kenya.
The cooking stoves produce less greenhouse gases, and can also help preserve Kenyan forests. As the production of one block of charcoal requires at least ten times its weight in lumber, large swathes of Kenyan forest have been devastated by harvesting.
In addition, an undesirable byproduct of cooking using charcoal is the amount of dust and smoke generated, which can cause breathing ailments.
Samsung has teamed up with Norwegian entity Green Development in a move to create jobs at the ground level in connection with the cooking stove drive.
UNHCR public health administrator Burton Wagacha said the living standards of refugees will improve thanks to Samsung’s generosity.
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