Solar Cooking
Last edited: 21 July 2021      
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Lamin Sawo demonstrating panel CooKits to the trainees

Malcolm Gee testing the food after cooking with the CooKit

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Malcolm Gee with the women in the training


Lamin Sawo and the trainees cutting the cardboard

Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development (AHEAD, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that has improved lives in Tanzania and The Gambia by reducing poverty and disease, educating youth, and promoting sustainable environmental practices. Founded in 1981, their staff and volunteers go wherever the need is: inside hospitals and health centers, on the road with our mobile health clinics and in the open spaces of villages.

They provided leadership training in The Gambia. In 2006, Program Coordinator Malcolm Gee introduced solar cooking there. From this work, the local NGO Tilo Tabiro was formed with Lamin Sawo as its director.


  • November 2015: Interview with Elvira Williams and Lisa Gordon of AHEAD, Inc. - They support using the CooKit and testing for providing clean water in the rural health care programs that they support.
  • September 2011: AHEAD has expand to two villages in the Gambia this summer - Malcolm Gee and Lamin Sawo led the workshop to train 25-30 women per village in the construction and a use of a solar panel cookers and box cookers. The women cooked meals of rice, fish, vegetable and baked bread in the cookers.
  • September 2009: Lamin Sawo reports, "Having successfully completed the other phase of the training, this year we introduce box cooker to women in the communities, they will start money making enterprise by making baked goods and selling to sustain the project. Mr. Malcolm Gee the AHEAD Coordinator, Tilo Tabiro received an award on behalf of AHEAD from President's International Award (PIA) Gambia. The award was presented by the Vice President of The Republic the Gambia, Aja Isatou Njie Saidy. Towards there outstanding contribution and development of young people and the women in the communities."
  • August 2008: From 2nd June to date we are with expantion and we had met 7 communities and trained 712 new women in the 7 new villages in the country. We trained them with the basic knowledge of solar cooking and the benefit of this latest technology. The women appreciated the training very much. They promise to work as a team to help the other communities with the technology. Our aim is to cover the whole country within 5 years with the latest technology.
  • August 2008: AHEAD recently conducted solar cooking training in five villages in The Gambia and plans to expand this summer. Malcolm Gee led workshops to train 12-15 women per village in the construction and use of panel-type solar cookers. Eighty women were trained, who in turn will train others. The women cooked meals of fish, rice, and vegetables in the cookers, and are experimenting with other traditional dishes. They have formed a trainers’ cooperative called Tilo Tabiro.

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Elvira Williams, Executive Director
PO Box 2049
Rockville, Maryland 20847

Tel: +1 (301) 530-3697

Email: Elvira Williams

Lamin Sawo
75 Parrish St
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Tel: +1 (585) 219-9917

Email: Lamin Sawo