Jan 23, 2014

50 Smoke-free Kitchens in 2014!

Building chimneys for the improved cookstoves
Building chimneys for the improved cookstoves

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping us kick-off our improved cookstove campaign. We greatly appreciate everyone’s generous support on this initiative. 

With the funds raised in recent months, we’ve starting preparing for the installation of the 50 improved cookstoves in Candelaria. We are excitedly preparing initial stove parts and printed materials to launch the cookstove project in the community. Above, local stove technician, Bryam Bolaños constructs chimneys for the new improved cookstoves.

In the upcoming months we look forward to working with the community to organize an improved cookstove fair to demonstrate the stoves in the communities.  At the community cookstove fair, we will explain the function and benefits of the stoves to the local families, help families select the improved cookstove model that best meets the family’s cooking needs and then begin local stove construction!

Also, if you haven’t already, like Green Empowerment and our Service Learning Page on Facebook.

Thank you again for your continued support to help us build smoke free kitchens for rural Nicaraguan families.

Nov 6, 2013

Final Report for the River Turbine in Colombia

The completed, award-winning river turbine is going in a new funding direction, and the project is becoming broader in scope. Our lead technician with in-country partner, APROTEC, is now applying for funding through other sources. Future funding will be used for requests from three communities to deploy river ice facilities for Villa Fátima on the River Vaupés, for Asogagumuy on the River Guarrojo, and for Calahorra on the River Atrato. River ice is a cooling system which operates year-round, and independent of the supply of conventional fuels.

Many rural communities in proximity to rivers i.e. the Amazon River, the Orinoco River, the Zambezi, Congo and the Nile, live on fishing and the fish trade without the possibility of maintaining stocks through refrigeration. In these regions, cooling is often as important as electricity.

Sep 10, 2013

A River Turbine Makes Ice!

River turbine installation
River turbine installation

The improved design of the Innocentive-winning river turbine works great with a new group of blades inclined to maximize outputs. As a proven solution, this turbine remains in full use and is 100% maintained by the community. Now, a mechanical refrigeration system built with a car air conditioner could produce ice from the river turbine. Mauricio is looking for investment activities in order to begin production of about 20 or 30 units.

The aquacharger version is working well for the community in Calahorra, and they are confident with the technology. APROTEC support of the system is minimal and often solved with a quick phone call.

Below are some photos from Mauricio at APROTEC--http://www.aprotec.com.co.

Thanks for your support!

River turbine blade
River turbine blade
River turbine in action
River turbine in action
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