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
Solar water pastuerizer tested at the school
Solar water pastuerizer tested at the school

Dear donor to our solar cooker project in Madagascar,

50% interest in one day? Sounds too good to be true? Not really: The GlobalGiving “Bonus Day” is a wonderful opportunity to ‘super size’ your donation to Zahana by 50% at not additional cost.

Thank you! It is your donation that makes our work possible. GlobalGiving has offered Zahana an opportunity to meet generous donors like you we would never meet or reach otherwise. We hope an event such as Bonus Day might entice you to give again, or encourage your friends and family to support our work in Madagascar.

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Yes, there is a US$1000 bonus again for the group that raises the largest amount of money and the one who finds the largest number of donors, so please help us make that goal.

The latest exciting news: Zahana was invited to participate in National Geographic’s (yes, the iconic yellow magazine) Global Action Atlas. The Global Action Atlas is a way for National Geographic’s readers to learn and get more involved with projects. With the reach of National Geographic, this is tremendous opportunity for Zahana.

Please visit the Global Action Atlas though our website. National Geographic tracks the click-throughs from our website and recognizes your effort by giving Zahana projects prominent placement.

This was made possible thanks to Global Giving. In April we had a chance to visit Global Giving in Washington DC and give a presentation about our work to the staff. Currently all Global Giving projects are listed on National Geographic’s Global Action Atlas.

Last but not least we have switched our newsletter to VerticalResponse and you can find a link to it below.

Fiarenana men's soccer club
Fiarenana men's soccer club

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Metal bottles used for the solar water pasteurizer
Metal bottles used for the solar water pasteurizer

Dear friends,

In our last update from February we told you about a generous donation of Blazingtube solar cookers and solar water pasteurizers being shipped to Madagascar, the Blazintubesolar being currently the most efficient solar cooker available. The ship has arrived, but…

The solar water pasteurizers are a huge success. They are met with great interest, and are so efficient that even with limited sunshine water can be made safe to drink within a few hours. The solar water pasteurizers have proven to be an invaluable educational tool to demonstrate the sun’s energy can be used in many ways. The metal bottles need to reach just 150˚F/66˚C to effectively pasteurize and therefore make water safe to drink. The effect of the sun’s energy can be experienced “hands on”, touching the bottles quickly. The public health benefits in Madagascar for such a low-tech devices will be huge.

The solar cookers have not had the same luck. After an endless customs and shipping saga, with new forms and documents being requested every second day by some other agency, we finally got the boxes. After the boxes were delivered and unpacked, we found out that half of the vacuum tubes were broken ‘somewhere in transit’, with the blame being passed around among the shippers. A huge vacuum tube is not something we can buy in Madagascar off the shelf. Replacing it will take time and we are working with the inventor on our options. The sun has not cooperated either. Rainy and overcast days in the capital have made solar cooking there challenging to date.

We will initially take only two Blazingtube solar cookers, one for each of Zahana’s schools, to the villages. With the dry season starting in this part of the country, test data in sunnier Madagascar climate conditions will help us to evaluate the blazingtube on location, where it is needed the most.

Zahana is currently exploring other models of solar cookers available locally. The political instability, with a president that has not been recognized by many countries as the legitimate leader, has lead to many international organizations stopping work in or exporting goods to Madagascar. We might have to start building solar cookers to our specifications in country in the future.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

The solar water pasteurizer in action
The solar water pasteurizer in action
The BlazinTubeSolar cooker being assembled with an
The BlazinTubeSolar cooker being assembled with an
Another low cost model, a panel solar cooker
Another low cost model, a panel solar cooker
The cookbox of the BlazingTubeSolar cooker
The cookbox of the BlazingTubeSolar cooker

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Dear friends,

We wanted to send you a quick update about a very exciting development. The inventor of the blazingtube solar cooker generously offered by the end of last year to donate a large number of his innovative solar cookers and water pasteurizers to Zahana. We are very grateful, and this wonderful donation gives us the opportunity to expand the focus of our activities beyond solar cookers for the school in the future.

In January the first cookers were successfully produced in China. While we were in the process of figuring out the intricacies of shipping to Madagascar the devastating earthquake hit Haiti. With a dire need for water that is safe to drink the inventor decided to donate and ship most of the solar water pasteurizers and solar cookers to Haiti.

But since he is committed to support Zahana as well, at this very moment a few solar cookers and solar water pasteurizers are en route to Madagascar on a cargo ship. We have included a link to a Hawaii TV newscast about the water pasteurizers. Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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Drear friends,

This is the quickest way to reach you and say: “Thank you!”

Thank you for donating to Zahana during GlobalGiving’s “Give More Get More” Challenge. We started with $15 before the challenge and have been successful. The project will still active with GlobalGiving until it is funded, just without the extra bonus of a match. The school is being built as we speak and if you did not have a chance yet to look at our slide show of the community starting to build their school please do so on our website (link below).

We hope you will consider Zahana for the coming holidays and tools such of the gift registry with GlobalGiving make it possible with a few clicks to tell your friends and family about it.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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Drear friends,

This is the quickest way to reach you and say: “Thank you!”

Thank you for donating to Zahana during GlobalGiving’s “Give More Get More” Challenge. The project will still active with GlobalGiving on their website until it is funded, just without the extra bonus of a match.

We hope you will consider Zahana for the coming holidays and tools such of the gift registry with GlobalGiving make it possible with a few clicks to tell your friends and family about it.

Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus

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Zahana

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

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