Thank you for the wonderful support for the last three years for our solar cooker project on GlobalGiving. With your help we have met the funding goal. With that achievement our active project on GlobalGiving will officially “retire” as funded after Bonus Day on March 14. We will continue to send you progress reports, an option provided by GlobalGiving for ‘funded’ projects.
We have great plans for the future with solar cookers. In the past few months we developed a relationship for collaboration with ADES (Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire). The latest news is: a Zahana representative will travel to Tulear, on Monday March 13, for the initial hands on training.
ADES has been working with solar cookers in Madagascar for over 10 years and has a wealth of experience and an extensive Malagasy training program. All their solar cookers are produced in Madagascar, creating employment for over 65 people, making it a truly Malagasy product. ADES is very clear that without proper training for at least a few days in the active use of solar cookers, it is challenging to introduce solar cooking as a technology that will truly be adopted for good in a village setting. We are currently working on the details of how either ADES trainers can come to our villages, or Zahana representatives might visit ADES for a longer training in their workshops. The only downside is that Madagascar is a big county and ADES facilities require a three to four days travel from our villages.
Bonus Day will start at 12:01 am EST on March 14th, 2012. GlobalGiving will be matching online donations made on Bonus Day at 30% until the $50,000 in funds runs out. We still have three other active programs with GlobalGiving and hope you might think of Zahana in Madagascar on Bonus Day.
Last but not least, have a look at our solar cooking YouTube video, where we tried to present the complexities of solar cooking in a humorous way.
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