This is a very worthy charitable effort: The Darfur Stoves Project In 2007, we awarded a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award to University of California, Berkeley scientist Ashok Gadgil, who was using his passion for engineering to help improve the lives of women in Darfur. Gadgil led a team of students and volunteers to design an efficient cookstove that would limit the need for women to risk their safety gathering firewood. Gadgil's efforts led to the development of a nonprofit organization, the Darfur Stoves Project (DSP), which has distributed 15,000 stoves to women in Darfur. While Southern Sudan has just voted to secede from Sudan, the Darfur region in the west of the country remains under the control of the government in Khartoum. DSP executive director Andrée Sosler provides a progress report following her visit to Darfur last December. Darfur Stoves Project - Appropriate Tech Engineering - Popular Mechanics Darfur Stoves Project Small things which make people more self sufficient and time efficient make big differences in the quality of life and for many, improve basic survivability.