Institutional Stove (ORKA) Distribution in Haiti

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Institutional Stove (ORKA) Distribution in Haiti


Technology field of reference: Cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Education, Health, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Other

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

The earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010 exacerbated the cooking fuel-related challenges faced by urban and rural populations in the country. After the earthquake, WFP and the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a quick assessment on cooking fuel needs in Haiti as the first attempt to implement the SAFE approach in the early stage of disaster response by WFP. Meanwhile, as part of the humanitarian response, the International Lifeline Fund (ILF) distributed 100 Prakti ORKA institutional stoves and asked WFP to help in selecting the targeted schools. In addition, a WFP-led project was also launched by HQ to buy an additional 400 ORKA stoves and build the capacity to produce briquettes domestically. While initially the stoves were distributed in Port-au-Prince only, a second phase of the project in 2012-2013 targeted schools also in Gonaives and St. Michel. There are three recommendations that can improve the outcomes of this project. First, there should be systematic and comprehensive sensitization and information sharing on stoves and briquettes. Second, a follow up of the work plan, at least from May 2011 until mid-2013 should be undertaken to ensure quality programming. Finally, a continuous effort should be made by WFP staff to build the capacity to produce briquettes locally. The project has several objectives: (1) reduce the economic burden on communities by reducing the cost of cooking school meals; (2) contribute to the health and safety of cooks by providing safe cooking technology that reduces indoor pollution; (3) progressively introduce new alternative cooking technology into school kitchens that will contribute to a fuel-switch in communities across Haiti in the longer term; (4) reduce environmental burden (deforestation) produced by demand for cooking fuel.

Technology or Technologies used

Prakti Orka Institutional 40L Stove


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2010

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

Direct beneficiaries are the 555 schools that were selected to receive the stoves and the school cooks that received the training on the use and benefits of the ORKA stoves.

Cost of energy technology and/or fuel


Names of implementing partners

World Food Programme (WFP), International Lifeline Fund (ILF)

Funding sources