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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
Haiti team core group with UNDH-H Vice Rector
Haiti team core group with UNDH-H Vice Rector

Dear Supporters and friends,

In this 10th report on our project we focus on recent events concerning the earth’s climate and how that relates to Haiti, PPAF and our colleagues.  In addition to the paragraphs below and the attached materials, please see the many photos on our website at www.ppafoundation.org/gallery.html.

Note:  In Haiti right now there are street protests against the government, the shortage of petrol and the rising prices.  We are working with talented and committed Haitian colleagues.  They are suffering but continuing as best they can, and they deserve our support.

Climate is indeed the major issue of our day.  Everywhere around us, people are becoming more aware of the increasing danger to our planet from climate change.  We are coming to realize that human activity is a major driver of this and it is human actions that must limit the damage. 

In September the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, including a section on low lying islands and coasts.  The report examined the implications of climate change for employment, health, poverty, food security, budgets and investments in those areas. It highlighted the effects of current international trends and urged that more action be taken to reduce risks and create climate resiliency.  At around the same date the UN Secretary-General convened a Climate Action Summit, to open this year’s General Assembly.  Its purpose:  to advance efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to try to control the rise in global temperatures.

What does climate have to do with Haiti, PPAF and our colleagues?  Haiti is a small country with problems well described in that IPCC report.  In addition, severe shortage of petroleum fuel is one of the main reasons for the road blockages and anti-government demonstrations that have been growing for many months. PPAF and collaborating organizations are not large, but what we seek to create can be important to the people we work with.  As the IPCC report says, every action counts.

Haitian families’ heavy reliance on charcoal for cooking has environmental, health and economic consequences consistent with those at the global scale.  Greater public awareness and actions are needed in Haiti as elsewhere to shift to renewable sources of energy, reduce toxic emissions, and reclaim the land. 

Through the current GlobalGiving project PPAF and colleagues are advancing solar and biogas cooking and biodigester fertilizer at the Université Notre Dame d’Haiti at Hinche (UNDH-H) and elsewhere in Haiti, promoting youthful entrepreneurship for baking and sewing at the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel, and conducting advocacy at the United Nations and elsewhere in the USA.

PPAF and colleagues were glad to see the Vice Rector of Université Notre Dame d’Haiti-Hinche (UNDH-H) when he visited New York, attended an annual get-together of friends of Solar Cookers International, and joined Haiti team members in a solar and biogas-cooked lunch at the farm of a collaborator.   We discussed the team’s first year experiences in the course we had initiated at Hinche, and future plans for field work and for a new round of classes.   

In Jacmel the baking and sewing classes of the Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) Young Entrepreneurs program have shown very good progress.  Accordingly PPAF has renewed its support for a second round of 20 weeks starting in October.  This includes a second level of training for the five students in the sewing class and a new group of six students in the baking class. 

Our colleague Rose (head of KDCK and consultant to UNDH-H) went for a two week assignment in Haiti to conduct monitoring and promotions.  In Hinche she worked with:  students from the course the team has supported, the faculty leader of the course, the campus cook, community members who have been using solar cookers, and with a student who had gotten a biodigester installed at his home.  She also sold Haines.1 solar cookers to several university students.  In Jacmel Rose introduced solar cooking to the baking class PPAF supports at ACFFC.  She got a warm welcome from students, the teacher and the Executive Director.  Rose showed how solar cookers function and students were able to experiment as well.

Dear friends, all these efforts rely on the support and encouragement that you continue to give to PPAF.  Your donations are making good work possible.  Thank you!

Baking class & teacher at ACFFC
Baking class & teacher at ACFFC
Rose cooking on solar oven
Rose cooking on solar oven
UNDH-H student with his own biodigester
UNDH-H student with his own biodigester

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Solar & biogas final exam -- "Eat what you cook!"
Solar & biogas final exam -- "Eat what you cook!"

Dear Supporters and friends,

We have much to report for the period mid-April to mid-July!  In addition to the paragraphs below and the attached materials, please see the many photos on our website at www.ppafoundation.org/gallery.html.

PPAF is currently engaged in the United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York City.  The dates are July 9 to 18. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/.   Solar Cookers International (SCI) and PPAF have an exhibition booth that is attracting a lot of attention.  Colleagues from Solar Education Project (SEP), Konbit pou Developman Commune Kote de Fer (KDCK) and Solar CITIES Biogas participate too.  All are members of the consortium for solar and biogas cooking and biodigester fertilizer in Haiti.  Moreover, they generate interest in such work worldwide. Several types of solar cookers and a model biodigester are on display.  We also show videos from the collaborators on a large TV monitor. 

The head of KDCK has just landed in Haiti for 3 weeks to review and advance the work of the consortium in Hinche, Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and her home town of Cotes de Fer.  The University Notre Dame d’Haiti at Hinche considers her as a volunteer consultant to the institution.  PPAF is covering part of the costs of her mission.  We and all consortium members will follow closely her activities and the anticipated results.

The home page of our GlobalGiving project summarizes PPAF’s responsibilities as we and collaborating organizations conduct R&D to improve lives and livelihoods through innovative fuels and cookstoves and related small business.  This includes materials and support for teaching, sponsorship and coordination for the first-ever Haitian university classes on solar and biogas, learning to make or assemble solar cookers and biodigesters, and steps toward related small business operations.  Students and the instructor regularly send us photos of progress.  A report on the second semester is coming soon.

Beyond this, at the Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC), in Jacmel, PPAF supports classes in baking and sewing for members of its Young Entrepreneurs program.   These tie back to PPAF’s concern to improve ways of cooking and to develop employable skills especially among teenage girls.  We have also engaged a talented ACFFC graduate to send us photos of the classes every week.   

Here in New York, where some consortium members are based, PPAF has reached out to advance the GlobalGiving project, and solar and biogas generally.  We participated in Haiti Flag Day celebrations at the Haiti Permanent Mission of Haiti to the UN.  We plan to install a biodigester at a tree nursery of a Haitian farmers association.  We are making connections for involvement in a Haitian arts and culture celebration to take place this fall at Purchase College of the State University of New York.  We participated and promoted photos from a solar-cooked picnic.  The food was prepared in 6 different solar cookers, and we taped an interview in Creole with the organizer.  Most recently, to assist discussions with visitors at the current UN conference, we prepared a picture book of the work at Hinche and a video we helped prepare earlier on building a biodigester in Haiti.     

Dear friends, PPAF and collaborators are advancing with important work.  Your donations are making this possible.  Thank you for your support!

Setting up several solar cookers
Setting up several solar cookers
The parabolic cooker is big, hot  & fast!
The parabolic cooker is big, hot & fast!
Biogas burners ready to cook
Biogas burners ready to cook

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Some of the 55 participants
Some of the 55 participants

Dear Supporters and friends,

PPAF and the UNA-USA Southern NY State Division convened the very successful seminar “Innovative Programs in Haiti” on April 10. We held it at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in Manhattan, the new home of the UN Foundation and UNA-USA in New York.  Ford is itself famous for program and architectural innovation. 

Some 55 attendees welcomed the speakers and participated in the Q&A.   Jocelyn McCalla (Haitian-Americans United for Progress) offered remarks on politics and development in Haiti; George Garland (HEART in Haiti School) spoke of the Haiti Education And Resource Team (HEART) School as a model of excellence for sustainable education; Hugh Locke (Smallholder Farmers Alliance) described how the Timberland Company is partnering on an initiative to reintroduce cotton farming to Haiti; Kathy Elisca Clermont (Fordham University) showed how women’s empowerment is advancing through solidarity groups to prevent violence against women & promote non-farm earnings; Alan Bigelow (Solar Cookers International) discussed SCI’s collaboration in Haiti to support and promote solar cooking as an innovative approach for clean and sustainable cooking. 

David Stillman (PPAF) moderated the event and illustrated the value of teamwork by several collaborating organizations to promote solar and biogas cooking in a first-ever university course and at community level in Haiti.

Participants at the session enjoyed the opportunity for commentary and networking. Many new contacts were made.  Remarks by the Purchase College SUNY provost and its international programs dean were a highlight, as they described plans for the (T)HERE global festival to take place in November and focus on Haitian arts, culture and ideas. We also learned about the work of the medical humanitarian organization Hands Up for Haiti, and others with programs active in Haiti

Many thanks to Michele Voltaire Marcelin, Jennifer Gasser and Rose Bazile for the wonderful photos they took and to intern Emma Filippi Pioppi for videos.  Some photos and the PPAF presentation are included here.  A full set of photos and videos appear on the PPAF website at www.ppafoundation.org/gallery--videos.html.

Seminar participants with active programs in Haiti
Seminar participants with active programs in Haiti
Panel of speakers with PPAF moderator
Panel of speakers with PPAF moderator
A participant raises a question
A participant raises a question

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Dear friends and supporters,

PPAF and the United Nations Association of the USA Southern NYS Division are convening what we expect will be a great seminar on the afternoon of April 10 at the Ford Foundation in Manhattan.  Please come if you can, and spread the word to others.

Panelists will highlight innovative programs in the areas of education, agriculture, clean cooking and women’s solidarity, all aimed to combat poverty and with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The Executive Director of PPAF will be the moderator.

Attached is a flier for the event.  You can also find it as a web link at 

http://www.ppafoundation.org/uploads/1/1/6/5/11653723/flier_-_innovative_programs_in_haiti_8_10_19.pdf

 You'll see that the Ford Foundation requires participant information and we have set a date of April 5 to receive that.

All the best,

David

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The head of the United Nations Staff Recreation Club "Aux Antilles" has invited us to make a presentation this coming Friday, 1 March 2019.  One of various clubs at the UN, this one is primarily made up of staff members from Haiti. 

We were advised that the club will reserve a conference room, arrange for PowerPoint, invite members of other clubs to attend, and publish the notice and results on the UN intranet.  The theme should be to present all ways of cooking that hopefully could replace charcoal so people do not cut down trees for cooking fuel.

The Executive Director of PPAF and a consultant to the Université Notre Dame d'Haiti at Hinche will make the presentation on behalf of the consortium of organizations that are involved.

The attached PowerPoint will serve as the basis of our presentation, to be accompanied by commentary and time for Q & A. 

PPAF is pleased to provide an advance copy as our 6th report under the Global Giving project "Tracking clean cookstoves and fuel in Haiti."

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