Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana

by Zahana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Solar cookers for the school in Fiadanana
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Christmas is a very important holiday for our villages in Madagascar. A Christmas tree is part of the celebration. In our first school in Fiadanana the trees is, as always, outside. In the village of Fiarenana the tree is inside the classroom.

For a few years now (since 2007) Santa Claus comes and visits the school children with gifts. This year Santa brought orange bags to both our schools with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pencil, a ball pen, and soap. Santa also bought a package of cookies and a sweet treat (often the only sweet they get for Christmas).

An yes, with the end of the tax year coming up, the tribute card challenge is still on until December 31.

HAPPY 2011!

Thank you

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Christmas trees outside the school in Fiadanana
Christmas trees outside the school in Fiadanana
Santa swings by the school in Fiadanana
Santa swings by the school in Fiadanana
Elders in Fiadanana formally thanking GlobalGiving
Elders in Fiadanana formally thanking GlobalGiving

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Classroom with solar water pasteurizer
Classroom with solar water pasteurizer

A big Thank You to all of our donors who supported our solar cooker project over the years! You make our work possible. We could not do it without you! 

In the photo you can see the solar water pasteurizer in the back of the classroom (in the left corner). In the age of text messages (SMS) we can communicate with our Zahana contacts and our teachers in the villages on a regular basis at low cost. The minimalist report for November from December 15, 2011 reads as follows [text in brackets is added to provide context for the readers]

Fiarenana:

  • 48 students: 22 boys, 26 girls aged from 4 to 13 [attended school in November]
  • 2 levels of teaching: level 0 (beginner), level 1
  • Parents monthly meeting: 1st Saturday
  • School garden: vegetables [are being planted by the students]
  • Nursery: 1199 baby trees (eucalyptus, papaya, bibasse, mango) ready to be planted, seeds of moringa olifera [ready to be planted again by our master gardener].

Fiadanana [our first village]:

  • 90 students [currently attend school]
  • School garden: vegetables [are being planted by the students]
  • [School] Poultry project: 6 hens, roosters [this is an hands-on income or protein generating project for the students as part of our microcredit efforts]
  • 106 baby trees and flowers planted around the school
  • Environment: asking people to collect plastic bags spread in village
  • Nursery: lot of baby trees [grown by our second gardener]

[Both] gardeners were told to keep all baby trees for Zahana [planting 15,000 trees] project.

- End text/SMS -

Last but not least:

Did you know you can make donations to any our Zahana projects at GlobalGiving as gifts to friends and loved ones this holiday season? This gift in honor of someone might relieve you of the agonizing thought: what could I give her or him? (and help Zahana at the same time). Or, the other way around, your friends might give you a gift card for your favorite project?

To make a gift in honor of somebody is easy: In a few minutes (and a few clicks) you can create a personalized greeting card via our project pages on GlobalGiving. Just click on the third giving option “gift or in honor of” right under the big orange “donate” button on any of our 4 project pages.

We just recently added our latest project Planting 15000 trees in Madagascar (#9470), which is eligible as well. For  details about the ‘tribute card challenge’ please visit our website.

Thank you for your support.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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Communal water faucet keeps the garden green
Communal water faucet keeps the garden green

Sometimes the success of our participatory community development approach is best illustrated with a project we (Zahana) don’t do. Metal fences now surround all seven of Fiadanana’s communal water faucets for over 2 years. Built with a solid concrete foundation, the metal fences are holding up well.

All of the seven metal fences were built and paid for by the community of Fiadanana, because they saw a need for it, without asking Zahana for a financial contribution. This is a prime example of a community taking ownership of and responsibility for their own resources.

Some history: In 2006, the community built their communal water system with seven communal water faucets (see website) with support from Zahana. Back in 2006 we thought (see photos) communal water faucets could become a green oasis in the village, beautifying everything through colorful flowers and greenery, easily watered by the runoff.

Little did we know that the cows had no appreciation for esthetics, but a great hunger for juicy fresh green ‘stuff’. To keep the cattle out, the community decided to use concrete and metal, keeping their seven communal water sources safe for years to come.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

The new communal water faucet with fence
The new communal water faucet with fence
The new school water faucet in Fiadanana
The new school water faucet in Fiadanana
Inauguration of the new communal water faucet
Inauguration of the new communal water faucet
2007: Traditional healer & granddaughter
2007: Traditional healer & granddaughter

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Seven happy and proud students
Seven happy and proud students

We just got this picture of all seven students from Fiadanana that got award the CEPE (Certificat d'etudes primaires élémentaires or Certificate of Primary Studies). Our wonderful teachers trainer, whos work made this possible as well is to the left. So without further ado we wanted to add this picture to the last project report.

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Loading the new rocket cookstove
Loading the new rocket cookstove

Last year our solar volunteer Bruce helped us introduce solar lighting to the village. He also was instrumental in trying to get the balzingtubesolarappliance to run in Madagascar. Having decades of experience in installing photovoltaic solar units in California, Bruce’s expertise was a godsend for us, but the innovative solar cooker did not work as well as we had hoped.

After spending a few weeks living in our two villages and participating in daily life, he gained the insight that improving wood burning cooks stoves is the most immediate and beneficial technology. He dedicated the last year to learn as much about cook stoves he subsequently field-tested his ideas and models in California, Laos and Thailand before traveling to Madagascar.

Cooking fires are burning in Madagascar in virtually every household.  If we could improve the efficiency of these cooking fires by only 50% we would cut the need for wood in half, with reduced carbon emission as an additional benefit.

The pictures of the rocket stove type cookers (an elaborate and much tested design by Aprovecho Research Center) donated to Zahana by Bruce are hand made in Madagascar. They are not very costly to make and can be replicated in a cottage industry setting. As with all technologies, Bruce is currently working on making it even more efficient to increase oxygen flow. The two models donated to zahana are currently being used in the school to cook the soup for the student and out teacher said: “Normally we need 5 to 6 pieces of wood to cook rice, with this new cooker we need all but one. Although it is hard to light a fire”. Even more exacting for us is that we can use more and more, the dead branches from the acacia trees we planted in the school-yard instead of collecting firewood outside.

After our experiences trying to introduce the shiny and rather big blazingtubesolar, still the most efficient solar cooking currently available, it turned out to be in Malagasy eyes too high tech and complicated. It uses vacuum tubes and oil and looks very different (see website). We learned our lesson that technological leap froging did not work too well for us and we are now going back to basics, with a low-tech solar box cooker model. We are initiating to partner with a Swiss NGO that manufactures it in Madagascar, but they are a long way away from our project site in the other end of the island.

We hope that a really efficient rocket stove can get everybody excited to adopt a cultural change, since its pay back is immediately felt, once they see how little wood is needed (more about wood stoves on our website). Combining this innovative wood-burning stove we hope people will gave both technologies a chance to be tried and hopefully be adopted and save even more wood in the process.

Best regards,

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

Putting the cookstove to the test...
Putting the cookstove to the test...

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Zahana

Location: Antananarivo, Capital - Madagascar
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Project Leader:
Markus Faigle
Volunteer
Honolulu, HI United States

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