Jul 5, 2016

Recent issues and your help

BonZeb, Inc.

Good afternoon,
 
Blessing to everyone.
 
We would like to thank you all for your continued support and prayers for the success of our efforts in Haiti.
 
We would like to share with you some exciting but also unfortunate news from Haiti.
 
First the good news. The rain has come to the island and with it the fields have come alive with growth.
 
The Shively School of Engineering at the University of Portland, has finished its work with our original kiln and it is being prepared to ship to Haiti this month. This will cost approx. $5,000 for freight, packing, duties, transport and land preparation.
We now have the fabrication drawings and a couple local sources in Haiti who think that they can fabricate future kilns.
We also have two additional teams of Capstone students working on design improvements over the next school year. These teams will make mission trips to Haiti in the Fall of 2016 to see first hand the issues that face the successful implementation of the kiln. They will also study ways to allow for irrigation of the fields and water for the cooling system in the kiln. Cost for these trips usually amount to $15,000. The university has helped the students with grants and assistance for approximately $10,000, leaving BonZeb to cover the additional $5,000.
We are also exploring the use of wind and solar power to run our pumps and winches. This will cost approx. $5,000.
We have also been offered, at a price, one carreaux to establish our first plant. This will cost approx. $15,000.
So you can see why we are excited about the future and God's continued blessing on our work.
Now to the unfortunate news. You might not be aware of political situation and tension currently in Haiti, but for the past several months there has been no government in place as the two remaining candidates for president haven't agreed to the final election process. This means that many other governmental seats have not been filled, as they await a new president. This has caused much tension in the streets and increased attacks, including kidnapping and robberies. This past week our logistics manager, Verly, was robbed and car jacked after his monthly trip to pick up our payroll for the workers. He was left beaten but alive and the police were able to recover and return the vehicle hours later.
But the payroll, Verly's phone and his cash have all gone missing. This has put us in a difficult situation as we are not in the position to replace this payroll. We have over the past few months gathered a number of recurring monthly donations, which is a great help to planning and operating. We are now in need of the replacement payroll and this months payroll $1,750 and $2,000, respectively.
As we move forward we hope that you will continue your prayers for the people of Haiti and support for our efforts to make a difference by giving a hand up and not a hand out.
As I mentioned above we are attempting to increase the number of monthly donors and ask you to consider becoming a recurring donor.
Whatever you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thomas J. Stein 
President 
BonZeb, Inc 
P.O. Box 3553 
Gresham, OR 97030 
Giving a Hand up, not a Hand out, to the People of Haiti
Apr 14, 2016

School year ending for U of P engineers but begins for team #2

Office in Benico
Office in Benico

Good Afternoon.

As the academic school years wraps up our team of engineers from the U of Portland are preparing for graduation on May 1st. But before they move on they will present their findings from their work with BonZeb to the Shiley School of Engineering and also present us with fabication plans for the kiln, which will allow us to build the kilns in Haiti, thus creating more jobs. Their presentation will be held of the Unversity on Friday, April 15th.

Our new team of 6 students is already in place and they are undertaking a redesign of the original kiln in hopes of making more effiecient and also enable us to shorten the processing cycle, which will increase production and lower the cost further to the end user.

We are also excited about our H.E.A.R. (Haitian Eductional Aid and Resources) program and the strides it is making in offering continuing education to Haitains. H.E.A.R. is happy to announce another full tuition scholarship has been awarded to Marie-Michelle, a young Haitian teacher who will be starting her M.A. in Teaching at Concordia University in Portland in the Fall. She comes from a poor family in the Port au Prince area of Haiti and hopes to be able to open a school for under-privileged children when she returns home. There is one more scholarship awaiting approval at this time for the MBA program. James, will hopefully start in January of 2017. These scholarships cover tuition only, so we are trying to raise the "fill the gap" fees for room and board, insurance, etc.

On the farm in Haiti we are greatful that the rainy season is back and the land is getting the needed water. The fields are coming alive and the growth is very good according to our agronomist James and Fanfan.

As always your generous donations are needed for the continued growth and support of these efforts. Share our story with friends, coworkers and family. The more people who know, the better.

 

Thank you again for what you have done in the past. We look forward to sharing more in the future.

 

Tom

Emma, Coleman, Lindsey and Kara
Emma, Coleman, Lindsey and Kara
Jan 15, 2016

January Trip to Haiti

Good Morning.

A lot has happened in the past few weeks with our project.

The New Year kicked off with a trip to our property in Thomonde with a group of engineering students and their faculty advisor from the University of Portland. Once the group gathered at JFK in New York we flew into Port au Prince and proceeded to Thomonde, where we spent a night at the Medishare Guest House. We then toured the three fields of grass we planted in October and early November in Boucantis. The grass is doing well in the first two fields, but is struggling in the last field planted, due to lack of rain at the end of the season. We then began discussions on how to best irrigate the land during the dry season. RIght now the watering is being done by hand and with 200,000 plants it is a big job for the team.

After this we ventured to Hinche and the Emmaus Guesthouse. We toured the farm where we purchase our starts and toured a well irrigated crop and saw the difference in growth and number of harvests available when there is water.

The engineers took this to heart and thought that another team of civil and electrical engineers could help solve the riddle and come up with a plan of action.

These meetings were followed by the visit to two three acre parcels not far from our office in Benico. We have been offered both plots for the future home of our factory. Each has its own merits and we will continue to negotiate price over the coming months.

The trip then moved on to Port au Prince where we met with a couple potential fabicators who could help us build our kilns, pressers and mixers in Haiti, creating even more jobs.

All in all a very productive trip. The highlight for me was listening to a few of our 91 employees tell me their stories. One young man was excited to relate that now that he has a job he is able to pay for school for his three sisters and a brother. Another man who thanked me for the work that has allowed him to have his wife see a doctor for the first time in many years. This is the reason for our work, to give a hand up to the people of Haiti, and it is working. But we are not there yet.

Upon their return to the University the students shared their new insights and a second team has stepped forward to continue work on the second generation kiln that will decrease the time it takes to process the grass and interest in having civil engineers help design the factory site and plan for irrigation resevoirs is in the works.

Our next planting is due for April at the start of the new rainy season and we will be hiring additional staff to clear, cultivate and plant 75 acres. That will take $50,000 in payroll, and you can help with that through your proven generosity.

Thank you for all you have and continue to do and for your continued prayers and support.

 
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