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Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar

by BonZeb, Inc
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar
Creating sustainable jobs & clean burning biochar

BonZeb, Inc Where do We Start? That is the big question today. With so much happening and not happening around us right now where do we find ourselves and how do we find our way. BonZeb, Inc It is too easy to look at our personal space, out personal social distancing, our personal stuff and ignore more than ever those outside that little circle. There are so many people in need today that it can be overwhelming. It IS overwhelming. But those who were in desperate need before this most recent crisis are still in need. They have all their same need:, water, food, fuel, employment, housing and education. Things that we might have taken for granted until a few weeks ago. They have the same need for health care and proper hygiene. We now know a bit about how the 85% of the world lives every day on less than $2.50. Our lack of access to friends and family and other social activities has been a burden. But we know that it will end and we will recover. For those 85% that is no the case, unless the 15% decide to show empathy and use their new knowledge garnered from a few weeks have only have what they need and not everything that they want. If the 15% decide to live less on their wants and more on their need, then they will be able to dig a little deeper to share their excess with those who have so much less. A dollar a day can do so much good for those with nothing but hope. Today I changed the picture on this site to reflect that hope. The Son is rising and with His resurrection comes faith, trust and hope for a new beginning, a new spring where all things are reborn into new life in the light. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to the BonZeb cause and help us bring the hope and faith for the people of Haiti to fruition. Thank you and May God bless you and keep you safe during this pandemic.

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Natacha with her children
Natacha with her children

On December 9th, Natacha  graduated with her MBA from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She will now continue her work with the BonZeb board and serve as operations manager for BonZeb in Haiti.

Edris  is the next candidate for the MAT program at Concordia and is excitedly preparing to start his program in August.

We also meet with 9 other candidates, the most we have ever had, for the MBA and MAT programs. With only two full-tuition scholarships available at this time we have a difficult task of selecting one more student for next year. We also need to raise the $15,000 to aid in room and board, books, immunizations, insurance, etc.

During our recent trip to Haiti we were able to meet with the provincial for the Salesians, who operate schools, boys and girls clubs, oratories, and guest centers around the island. We were also able to visit their schools in Cap Haitien and Gonavies. In Cap Haitien they have a technology school where the director believes his students can build our kilns. This would be a wonderful development for BonZeb as we have been looking for somewhere in Haiti to build them. This could potentially cut the cost to our partners in half. Their school in Gonavies is also open to partnering with us. This school in a mechanical school teaching engine repair, drafting, sewing, computers and agronomy. They are in need of tools for the students and assistance in tuition, which is $250 per year. We would like to offer them 4 scholarships is the funds come in.

Along the bumpy road on which this trip took us we also meet with the Director Generals on the University of Notre Dame Haiti in Hinche (Nursing and Bioscience), Cap Hatien (Management and Agronomy) and Gonavies (Civil Engineering and Agriculture), all of who want to partner with BonZeb and would like to have students intern with us in Benico. Their is even talk about creating a curriculum for courses taught by our team that will qualify for credit at the perspective schools.

This means the need to continue to build on the land we purchased last year. During this trip we began and completed the building of the kiln platform and site for our storage container. These items should be on site in the next few weeks. Once again we need funds to build our office and guest house so that we can take the next steps in our new found partners and UNDH and the Salesians.

We keep moving forward step by step and appreiciate your support.

Thank you.

Edris and his family
Edris and his family
Kiln platform
Kiln platform
Container platform
Container platform
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Sadly, we won't be flying to Haiti next week.
In June, The US State Department issued a level three travel warning for Haiti, urging travelers to reconsider. We took a wait and see approach when we announced the trip in September, praying that the current political crises would come to a peaceful end. It hasn't. Daily protests against President Moïse continue and basic services are hard to come by. Lack of food and basic necessities has led to looting. We discussed the situation with our Haitian friends and came to the conclusion we should not visit at this time. We will try again in late December or January. As much as we would like to visit our partners and continue growing our presence in Haiti, at the moment, safety is our top priority. 

We will continue our work. We plan to begin building once traffic is flowing again. Right now, there is no guarantee that building materials will be available. We have raised, through your generosity, over $8,000 so far, but still need $37,000 to complete the guest house, office, and bathroom. Current events will drive up the cost of materials, labor, and transportation, so those numbers are sure to change. Thank you for your continued financial support and prayers. Please prayerfully consider an end of the year donation. Every little bit helps.
 

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Pistachio
Pistachio

It has been a very productive three months since our last update.

We have laid out a plan for the initial building on our newly acguired land in Benico and have been gathering bids for building an office/quest house, latrine, setpic, kiln platform, storage and a well.

The bids are higher then anticipated coming uin at $45,000 for building and $30,000 for a well. It will take an additional $30,000 for the well on the farm in Boucantis.

We also have planted some food crops with the locals on our land. Congo Beans, pistachios, cherries, peanuts, citrus and mangos. This is exciting for the locals and is a test of our plan for rejuvenation of soil in deforested areas of Haiti. 

We also completed conversations with Notre Dame Univeristies of Haiti, Concordis Universty of Portland and the University of Portland that has led to a memo of understanding to seek ways to collaborate on a variety of issues including student and faculty exchanges, joint research projects and more.

Natacha is wrapping up her MBA studies at Concordia U. and will be doing her internship a JSH Farms in Hermiston startin next week. She will graduate in December. We have two candidates right now for 2020 and hope have them in place by this time next year. This will take an additional $28,000 over the next two years to help them with transportation, books, room and board, clothing and medical insurance.

Your dollars assist us in not only keeping our expanding payroll 60,000-80,000 guordes every four weeks covered, but also the work of building, $105,000, and planting new fields, $520 per day during the rainy season.It take 200,000 starts to plant one acre of land and 104 workers to prepare, prep and plant a single acre a week and our students in school.

If you missed our Christmas in July drive you can still make your tax deductible donation in August. Help us raise the $15,000 needed each month so we can continue to serve the poorest families in Hait. Help us bring living wage jobs and clean water to the families in Benico and Boucantis.

Thank you.

Citrus Starts
Citrus Starts
Mango starts
Mango starts
Cherry starts
Cherry starts
Cutting grass for starts
Cutting grass for starts
Planting the grass
Planting the grass
New starts
New starts
Johnny, scholarship candidate
Johnny, scholarship candidate
Newest field
Newest field
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We continue to move forward on our efforts in collaboration, cooperation and partnering.

During our April visit in Haiti we met with Daniel Tillias and Sakala, a Haitian non-profit working to create a safe place for children and teens in Cite Soliel. Daniel shared their vision and programs with us and his hope to move forward with a BonZeb farm once they find land. Very exciting prospect. Daniel and his partners at Sakala were all students at a school I was president of prior to the earthquake in 2010.

This was followed by a meeting with the President of NDUH in Hinche, where there is a school of nursing and bioscience. He shared their work with biogas and after our presentation was making plans to visit our farm in Boucantis. This partnership will assist us in the manufacturing and marketing of our charcoal. It will benefit his students as well with hands on programs.

This was followed by another trip to Levegue and the land the mayor's office will be donating to New Life Ministries for a BonZeb farm. The land had changed a bit in six weeks. Many locals had come to property to prep land for crops, but the hilltop covered in cactus is still available. It will reguire removing the 10 foot tall plants, but that is life.

We also made it to our own farm in Boucantis and the office and new land in Benico. In Benico we were able to mark off sites for our kiln platform, office, storage and classroom. On our way to Bouncantis we discovered that 'someone' has taken upon themselves to begin paving the road through our farm. Much smoother ride for a mile or so.

We also have a few sharecroppers growing congo beans on the lower part of the land. We are now looking at potentially growing coffee or cherries on the land that is not ready for grass. We also have thousands of palm trees on the land. With each rain more surprises emerge from the once barren land.

Each dollar we raise helps the process, the program and the people of Haiti.

Please consider a donation today.

Thank you.

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BonZeb, Inc

Location: Gresham, OR - USA
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Thomas Stein
Gresham, OR United States

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