Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

This is something we hear very regularly at this time of year. Happy New Year! But what does it mean to wish someone a Happy New Year? Does it mean I wish you a better life? Or maybe, I wish you a more comfortable life? Or, I wish you a more fulfilled life?

These wishes can come true when we also take the time and a step of two to help them happen. That is why BonZeb exists. To give a helping hand in creating a better, more comfortable and more fulfilled life for our employees, their families, their neighbors and those who lives they impact on a daily basis.

In this New Year BonZeb will continue to strive to fulfill wishes and dreams for employment, education, health. and community development.

Did you know:

  • Around 4 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and simple stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.
  • Over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
  • More than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 are caused by the particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.
  • 3.8 million premature deaths annually from noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer are attributed to exposure to household air pollution.

One of the many benefits of BonZeb's method in converting grass to charcoal is that it removes 90% of the smoke and uses it to fuel the furnace. This make the process itself 90% smoke free and the end product is also 90% smoke free. 

To help you picture this let me use this example. In recent weeks in many churches the Christmas services included the use a insence. In order to light the insence a charcoal briquette was used in the insencer. When it was light it did not smoke. Only when the insence was added was there smoke. This is the type of charcoal we are making, not your typical BBQ briquettes. 

This is just one of the many benefits BonZeb can and does offer with your help.

Thank you for the success of 2016 and we look forward to partnering with you in 2017 as we continue to give a Hand Up not a Hand Out to the people of Haiti.

Oct 30, 2016

Relief efforts underway

Matthew Aftermath
Matthew Aftermath

Hurricane Matthew Cleanup

The last few weeks we've been asked again and again "How can I help with Hurrican Matthew?" Cash donations are great, whether to the Red Cross or some other organization. But those donations only go so far. Disaster response teams are only in the counttry for a few weeks, but the need persists for months, even years.

BonZeb is seeking long term solutions to the issues of deforestation, flooding, mud slides, soil deteriation, and lack of infrastructure. By addressing these needs BonZeb hopes to have a long term effect on the lives of the poorest people in the west hemisphere.

But in response to Hurrican Matthew, BonZeb is filling a shipping container with relief supplies for Haiti.

We are setting up donation centers around Portland, but you can start collecting your donations now. We need cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, disinfectants, non-persihable food, water purifcation tablets, and especially shoes. If you are not in Portland, or you would prefer to give more directly, charitable gifts to BonZeb aare always welcome.

Everything we collect in the next month will be shipped directly to the people who need it most. 

We are targeting Tuesday, November 29th, which is #Giving Tuesday and #Oregonians Give day. Join us in our efforts to raise funds and supplies to help with this very important aid.

Thank you for your on going support, and if you'd like to get involved, feel free to email of contact us on the web.

Our Office in Benico
Our Office in Benico
Oct 14, 2016

Kiln arrives in Haiti

On October 29th our kiln arrived in Port au Prince. We are awaiting its clearance through customs and its arrival at its destination in Benico, Haiti.

Benico is the community where our office is located on a parcel of leased land about 3 miles from the farm in Boucantis. These are two communities up the gravel road from the town of Thomonde. They are two communities that are cut off from Thomonde whenever it rains, by the rising water in 7 streams and creeks. We ford this waterworks during the dry season with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. This is not possible in the rainy season. It is also impossible for the families we work with and employ to make the journey for about 5 months of the year.

One of the tenets of BonZeb is to use the profits from the manufacturing and selling of high quality biomass charcoal (at 40%-50% less than current charcoal) to fund infrastructure improvements in union with the needs of the local population. Our employees and their families have asked that the first profits be used to build foot bridges over these obstacles so that their children might attend school and that they might make it to market and medical clinics during these times.

This is another reason why our work is important to us. It not only supplies jobs to a hundred people, it supplies low cost charcoal to their families and in turn supplies them with structures that help improve their lives.

Please consider helping us help the people of Haiti with your donation.

Thank you.



BonZeb                      "Giving a hand up, not a hand our to the people of Haiti."

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