Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti

by Public-Private Alliance Foundation
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti
Solar cooking demo / Girl baking cake
Solar cooking demo / Girl baking cake

Dear friends and supporters,

We are happy to report on PPAF project activities in Haiti since last October.  But first, thanks again for the generous response to our Giving Tuesday appeal and the 2021 year-end gifts that many of you made.  Your support is vital and much appreciated. 

PPAF's work for tracking awareness and use of solar cookers and biodigesters in Haiti is advancing in several ways in three locations.  In today’s report we want to highlight the contributions of two young Haitian colleagues, one in Hinche and one in Jacmel. 

This report’s cover illustration shows a solar cooking demonstration in progress, and a girl helping to bake a solar-cooked cake.  Our colleague in Hinche (Elie Joseph) has been focusing mostly on demonstrations.  The one in Jacmel (Fedno Lubin) has been providing data and photos since last July on recipes prepared mostly by neighbors. Both have recently produced short videos about the environmental and health damage caused by the great dependence of Haitian families on charcoal for cooking, and the possibilities of solar cooking as an alternative. 

Please open the Welcome page of  www.ppafoundation.org and follow the links to see the French and English versions of Fedno's video, two items from Elie, and one month’s set of solar cooking photos and summary information from Fedno. 

Elie’s social media postings have inspired leaders of a community action nonprofit in Hinche to connect with the university where PPAF supports the solar and bio course.  Plans for a project to expand awareness and use of solar cooking from the campus into the community are now taking shape.

Last week Elie reported a conversation that touched his heart – Visiting a school outside Hinche he learned that people are paid to look for wood so the school can cook lunch.  The director asked for help with solar cookers.  He confided that as an educator he saw it not right to destroy the environment, a gift from God. He hoped to become a protector and not a destroyer of it. 

As for Fedno, he applied in January for a young photographers’ award from a Haitian arts institute.  He was not chosen but gained valuable experience and created the draft of his video.  Also, PPAF sent him to Cotes de Fer to begin a relationship with the KDCK community center, where we provide support to its solar and biogas program.  The head of KDCK was there for a supervisory visit, was impressed with his skills, and has invited him periodically to return and help in going forward. 

Regarding the ongoing PPAF work, described in previous reports to GlobalGiving:  At the University Notre Dame d’Haiti in Hinche, the solar and bio course is part way through a new semester.  At the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel, our support continues for classes on solar cooking and sewing.  At the KDCK community center in Cotes de Fer, the biodigester we supplied, plus solar cookers from others, provide cooking gas, garden fertilizer, and materials for a cooking class for persons aiming toward food service jobs.

Thank you for your support!  Again, please have a look at the items mentioned at www.ppafoundation.org, and at the materials attached to this report, and join in our enthusiasm!

Fedno leads a seminar on solar cooking
Fedno leads a seminar on solar cooking
Elie made these solar cookers
Elie made these solar cookers
Hinche community action team leaders
Hinche community action team leaders
Learning about solar cookers at ACFFC Jacmel
Learning about solar cookers at ACFFC Jacmel
Rose & kids - KDCK community center Cotes de Fer
Rose & kids - KDCK community center Cotes de Fer

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Hinche - Kids surround solar cooking demo
Hinche - Kids surround solar cooking demo

Dear friends and supporters,

Much has happened in Haiti and in our project since April, the date of my last report!

First of all, please accept many thanks from PPAF and our collaborators for your generous response to our participation in the GlobalGiving Climate Action Campaign in April and the Bonus Day Campaign in July.  In both cases your great support put PPAF high on the Leaderboard, and we obtained the full amount of matching funds that GlobalGiving could provide. 

Your support is vital for PPAF’s current and planned work on solar cooking and biodigesters/biogas promotion and implementation at three locations in Haiti.  As illustration of this, please see the attached copy of our presentation at a virtual seminar in July as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum.

Haitians have had several terrible shocks in recent months – assassination of the president, an earthquake devastating parts of the southwest, and hurricane flooding on the southern coast a few days afterward. Government, economy, humanitarian situation, and criminal activities of gangs are all problematic at present.  Fortunately, our collaborators are located well outside the capital city, where these problems are severe. They have mostly been able to continue their work in Hinche, Jacmel and Cotes de Fer. 

At the university in Hinche the solar and bio course included frequent off-campus events during the first semester, which ended in May, and more of a focus on classroom work in the second semester, which ended in August.  A new academic season is scheduled to begin in November. The campus biodigester is nourishing the tree nursery and garden. 

At the training center for low-income youth in Jacmel, our support continues for weekly classes on solar cooking and on sewing.  We receive photos of the progress being made, and the kids take home a solar cooker at the end of the 10-week session.

At the community center in Cotes de Fer, which is off-grid and designed for resource independence and sustainability, the biodigester we provided and the solar cookers provided by others are put to use for cooking gas, garden fertilizer, and a cooking class for persons aiming toward food service jobs.

PPAF and collaborators are happy with the progress at each of these sites.  We also have exciting news to share.

«Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid» (Little by little the bird builds its nest) is a proverb well known in Haiti.  Since July a colleague and his neighbor in Jacmel have been sending us regular reports and photos of solar cooking experiments.    Together we designed a data sheet that captures the basics.  The connections are all by WhatsApp.  We have enough information now to begin analysis, and it is both useful and a pleasure to see photos of cooking preparations and results.  In Hinche a recent graduate of the university often takes his solar cooker for demonstrations around town, and he posts the results on social media. This has sparked interest by leaders of a community organization that is devoted to local improvements.  Could a university-led collaboration with this group expand the impact of the work overall?  We shall see!   

Again, thank you for your support.  Please look at the attached document and photos and join in our enthusiasm!

Cotes de Fer - Cooking class uses solar
Cotes de Fer - Cooking class uses solar
Jacmel - Solar for baking a fruit-filled cake
Jacmel - Solar for baking a fruit-filled cake
Jacmel - Solar baked fruit-filled cake slices
Jacmel - Solar baked fruit-filled cake slices
Hinche - Solar cooking demo for kids
Hinche - Solar cooking demo for kids
Jacmel - Solar cooking class at ACFFC
Jacmel - Solar cooking class at ACFFC

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Dear donors and friends,

GlobalGiving has chosen PPAF to participate in its Climate Action Campaign, next Monday morning April 19 through Friday evening April 23.  All gifts of up to $100 will be fully matched, with a ceiling of $2,000 per organization.  Each gift must be from a separately identifiable donor.

PPAF aims to raise $2,000, so as to obtain $2,000 in matching funds, for a total of $4,000.  With this we will strengthen our collaboration with Haitian and other colleagues at three sites – the solar cooking and biodigester/biogas course at the University Notre Dame d’Haiti at Hinche, the solar cooking classes for low-income kids at the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel, and the solar cooking and biodigester/biogas components of the new community center in Cotes de Fer.

The work is important and innovative.  It uses free fuel from the sun and from organic waste.  It helps break the grip of dependence by most Haitian families on charcoal for cooking, and it turns waste materials into fertilizer for vegetables and fruit trees.  You can read more in our recent 16th report. You can see many photos on our website at Gallery (ppafoundation.org).      

The Climate Action Campaign aims to raise local voices for global impact.  Please join us with a gift of $100, or as much as you can, at our project's Donate button.

University class at biodigester
University class at biodigester
Biodigester fertilizer improves cashew crop
Biodigester fertilizer improves cashew crop
Kids at the community center
Kids at the community center

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Girl & boy learn solar cooking
Girl & boy learn solar cooking

Dear PPAF Supporters and Friends,

PPAF welcomes the return of the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement.  Haiti has been a member since its establishment.  Our work with Haitian and other colleagues provides support for climate action and connection of this to the other UN Sustainable Development Goals.  This is part of PPAF’s basic philosophy of “Policies into Practice.”

Haitians are aware of the effects of deforestation on their country.  While most families depend on charcoal for cooking, many are aware that it damages their land and their health. As a small country, Haiti has little influence on climate globally, but it is increasingly affected by severe weather occurrences, coastline degradation and deforestation. Teaching about this is important. The course on solar and biogas that PPAF and collaborators support at the University of Notre Dame at Hinche (UNDH-Hinche) starts with a review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the significance of solar and biogas to achieving these. 

New classes and practice sessions began in January at the University and at the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel. PPAF and collaborators will support these throughout 2021. The team is also beginning support to a community center in Cotes-de-Fer, a town on the southern coast. The center’s Haitian-American founder was born in this town and intends for the center to be innovative and sustainable. PPAF has thus far provided solar cookers and supported installation of a biodigester which is already producing cooking gas and garden fertilizer.  Attached are photos from the three project sites.

PPAF also continues to receive advice and to participate in Solar Cookers International, the Clean Cooking Alliance, the UN Global Compact and the UN Department of Global Communications.  All of these highlight climate and the environment among their concerns. 

Several pieces have been published recently about the work of PPAF collaborators.  Our biogas colleague Kathy Puffer was invited by the Clean Cooking Alliance for a note in relation to International Women’s Day. In an online interview the head of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, Dr. Connie Duke, gave attention to the solar cooking activities we support. A very welcome article on the program in biosciences at UNDH-Hinche showed how innovative and necessary is the work of Executive Vice-Rector Father Herald Jean.  Biosciences, biomedical and nursing are the programs taught at UNDH-Hinche. The course in solar and biogas draws its students from those programs.  Attached are links to those publications.

 Dear friends, your support helps make the progress happen.  We are glad to report to you and to invite your continued participation!

Team visit with university instructors
Team visit with university instructors
Solar & biogas university class
Solar & biogas university class
University class at biodigester
University class at biodigester
Solar cooking class for kids
Solar cooking class for kids
Community center founder welcomes biodigester
Community center founder welcomes biodigester

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15th Report – Giving Tuesday Appeal!

 

Dear PPAF Supporters and Friends,

Tuesday December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a big day for support to non-profit organizations.  The GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform will supply shares of $1 million to all its listed projects in keeping with amounts raised during these 24 hours.

PPAF is eager to raise additional funds for our important work in Haiti.  Our 14th report was published just last week.  It gives a lively description of coursework and surveys on solar cooking and biodigesters for biogas and garden fertilizer underway in response to demand at two project sites in Haiti. 

You can see that in the Reports section of our GlobalGiving page or go straight to it here ---https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/progress-report/edit-progress-report.html?project.projId=30822&progressReport.id=158981. 

As an example of the engagement of young people in Haiti, let me share with you part of a message one has sent me this week –

          I cook a lot during the past months.  I always cook eggs, fruit banana, coffee, tea.  I cook rice sometimes … I use less charcoal since I have the solar cooking. I show a lot of people how to use it and I did demonstrations in different places. Last week some guys and I were at the waterfall.  All people around there are coming and very excited about the solar cooking.  They saw we have food with the sun without using charcoal.

Attached is a photo of members of the latest solar cooking class at the university in Hinche, Haiti.  They have completed a homework assignment to build their own solar cooker.  Next is to cook and to learn more in class and in practice sessions.

Your support helps make these initiatives happen.  Please join the efforts we and collaborators are advancing!

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