Safe and Clean Energy Provision Project – Eastern Refugee Assistance Program

Gaia has been introducing ethanol as a household fuel which then replaces existing traditional household fuels and imported expensive fuels.

Together with the Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Gaia Association has been implementing refugee household energy program in Kebribeyah, Awbere and Sheder refugee camps of Eastern Ethiopia since 2005 with refugees from Somalia. Over 6,500ethanol stoves have been distributed in these camps. Gaia targeted to address refugees cooking energy demand through the provision of fuel-efficient devices & alternative energy sources and contributed to the enhancement of refugees’ protection, and to relieve women from the tedious task of firewood collection and risk of Gender-based violence (GBV).The project has played a major goal in reduction of deforestation while also improving indoor air quality.

Gaia is now working to expand its project areas to Shire, Assosa, Gambella and also to other refugee camps.