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Feb 3, 2020

Moving Forward!

Corn waste loaded into TLUD's to make biochar
Corn waste loaded into TLUD's to make biochar

The rains have stopped, and our teams are out making biochar from their corn waste – removing many tons of smoke from the air! Our first storage shed is ready to take in the output. Your donations have given us the momentum to attract additional groups to support our work and open markets for biochar products.

We started with one village and another village that we trained last year, has gone ahead to make biochar on their own. In Mae Wak, we have the corn waste of 130 families in huge piles ready to burn. The village set up a team of young men with 50 TLUD barrels from Warm Heart to make biochar instead of smoke. They make 500 kg, half a metric ton every day. The second village, Mae Na Chon is also making around half a ton of biochar a day.

[This daily ton equates to 5 tons of corn waste turned into biochar daily – at 6.26 kg of PM2.5 particles per ton of waste, that’s 31.3 kg of smoke that is not going into the air each day. Each of those kilograms of smoke is the equivalent of 71,429 cigarettes. In addition, greenhouse gases have been burned off before they go into the atmosphere.]

As the tourist industry is hit by the haze from the smoke – our once beautiful cities have grey skies and terrible air pollution – the local governments and hotel industry are partnering to address the issues. Warm Heart presented its program to have villages make biochar in exchange for advance commitments from business sponsors. This will help create markets for biochar and biochar products that have been a key component in the successful growth of biochar production.

Thanks to your support, we have an established program with feet on the ground and clear outcomes. Funding for additional villages to make biochar has been pledged and the specific plans are being completed.

Please tell your friends and keep the support coming in!

TLUD's set for making biochar
TLUD's set for making biochar
Biochar operation
Biochar operation
Bagging dry biochar
Bagging dry biochar
Lots of bagged biochar
Lots of bagged biochar
Biochar storage shed
Biochar storage shed
Jan 14, 2020

In Her Own Words

Ann at local Marathon
Ann at local Marathon

I am called Ann (not my real name)

I'm studying Public Administration at the School of Administrative Studies, at a large university in Thailand. I'm in my 3rd-year of an undergraduate degree. I am very happy to have the opportunity to study the goals of my life.

Since I was enrolled in university, I have been given the opportunity to serve as the female branch president of the model and applied to be a student club committee from the first year I studied to the present. I like to do student activities because I believe that activities can be applied to the disciplines I study. Therefore, I am committed to activities and learning together.

In the future, when I graduate, I aim to work in local government or community development. I have made a lot of effort in studying this matter. And all I have written tells this story.

I want to thank you for your support for my studies and I want you to be confident in my determination. And at that point, I will definitely succeed. Please believe in my ability, and finally, I have attached a picture of the various activities in the university and other community areas. I hope you all will enjoy them.  With love and thank you!

Note from Program Manager:

Ann came to Warm Heart through teachers we know and trust.  She graduated from the one high school in our District and was accepted at a major university. 

Her promised scholarship had fallen through a month before school was to start. She had nowhere else to go. 

Ann had been raised by her grandmother after her mother died and her father left.

We agreed to help her with living costs and tuition as long as she would repay them once she graduated and was working - to allow another girl to have the same opportunity. 

She studies hard, is active in school activities and works during her school breaks near her grandmother's home.

Nov 25, 2019

Biochar is Joyfully Spreading Across Africa

Biochar education and training has been widely welcomed by the farmers in Africa. Here are a  few highlights of the past few months.

Zomba, where the biochar training center is located is also home to the Zomba Central Prison, one of Malawi’s biggest.

Like all of Malawi’s prisons, Zomba Central feeds itself from large, prison gardens.The gardeners are "soon to be released" prisoners whose work is overseen by corrections officers.

In a remarkable turn of events, the Commissioner of Corrections has asked our team to gather corrections officers from every prison in the country at Zomba Central and train them to make biochar. 

They will then teach the prisoner-gardeners who, when released, will take the knowledge to their villages in the furthest corners of the country.This is how we can make an impact on the environment while helping alleviate hunger. 

The Warm Heart Malawi Biochar Project gave a training at the Zomba Campus of the College of Medical and Health Sciences. The training had to be capped at 100 public health nurses in training, but there will be more. These nurses will take the training to the villages they visit and spread the learning and benefits of biochar.

The Project leader also went to Kenya where she established 5 Training Centers and ran two successful trainings for 20 people at each to test the system. She was also invited to attend an international conference in Nairobi where she briefed world experts on her work in Malawi and rural Kenya.

The biochar program in Africa continues to grow at a rapid pace. Funding of this project allows us to teach more trainers to help spread across the country and reach an even wider audience. When adopting biochar as a standard way of eliminating crop waste and fertilizing the soil the farmers win, and so does our environment. 

Please give generously to help keep the biochar training program reaching out to farmers all across Africa.

Michael and Evelind

 

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