Well here we are: on 1st January 2016 the merger between Solar Cooking Foundation The Netherlands and Kozon Foundation took effect: the new foundation Solar Cooking Kozon continues with great enthusiasm to promote integrated solar cooking in West and East Africa. Our official name is Solar Cooking The Netherlands – KoZon. For everyday use we have chosen: Solar Cooking KoZon.
It involved many things, legal, financial and practical. Notwithstanding all the work we are convinced that we have taken a step in the right direction. Together we are stronger, certainly at a time when it becomes more and more difficult to find volunteers and to raise funds.
In nearly 18 years of KoZon and over 12.5 years of Solar Cooking The Netherlands, much has been achieved. Thousands of women now use Integrated Solar Cooking (ISC). Both foundations have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of integrated solar cooking and the use of Renewable Energy Technology for Households (RET). We will now be able to pool our expertise to achieve cooperation and knowledge exchange between countries in Africa. The first steps have been taken. In Uganda and in Mali training has taken place in which local project leaders have participated. In the next few years we will expand these contacts and knowledge exchanges to ultimately set up ISC/RET knowledge and service centres in East and West Africa.
One of the most recent reasons to merge was the fact that a number of volunteers had decided to reduce their activities after many years of active commitment. Both boards had to start looking for new people. With little success. After it had been decided to merge, together we were able to attract new, enthusiastic volunteers. It does mean that we are taking leave from a number of board and work group members. We owe them many thanks for all the work they have done in the past years. We will miss their familiar faces and it will feel odd not having them around. But we are certain that they will continue to feel close to Solar Cooking KoZon.