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
Cooking with solar
Cooking with solar

Dear friends and supporters,

Haiti is currently under great stress, worsening in recent months. Huge demonstrations have protested against Government, cost of living and insecurity. Powerful gangs control key parts of the capital, terrorizing people, blocking petroleum imports, and choking the nation’s highways and distribution systems.  Food, fuel and drinking water are restricted and costly, schools dare not open, hospitals, banks, businesses and daily life are much impeded.  The situation is a focus of attention by the USA and other countries and by the Security Council of the United Nations.

As much as possible, PPAF is continuing its collaboration with Haitian colleagues and international friends.  Fortunately, the focus towns of Jacmel, Hinche and Cotes de Fer are some distance from Port-au-Prince, the capital city, They are not immobilized, but conditions are difficult.  Some activities are underway and some progress is being made as we all hope for an end to the crisis.

Under the circumstances, work since July’s report has mainly been for tests and demonstrations of solar cookers and surveys of solar cooker users. The events illustrate the practicality of solar cooking and the data sheets itemize the ingredients and directions for meals.  The testing and demonstrations are at the level of low-income families.  They show how cooking with sunshine can produce a good meal, avoid noxious fumes and save money otherwise spent on charcoal.  Please see the photos of what has been accomplished at various sites in Jacmel and Hinche with individuals and groups, and in refresher seminars with students at Jacmel’s Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC).

Regarding surveys, PPAF has drawn from the materials available from Solar Cookers International for user surveys and needs assessment surveys, modified them for the Haitian context, and devised ways for colleagues to conduct the surveys and report on them by cell phone or computer. Results have come in from user surveys that were conducted in Jacmel and Cotes de Fer with persons who received solar cookers that were shipped in before the crisis became acute.

A further point – ACFFC management is concerned about food and safety for children associated with the foundation.  They are distributing non-perishable goods to families of students who earlier received solar cookers from classes PPAF supported. The board of PPAF welcomed this and has contributed to its continuation and expansion.

Looking to the future, there is a desire by many in Jacmel, Hinche and Cotes de Fer to obtain and use solar cookers.  Responding to this, PPAF wants to be able to initiate the means for their assembly and distribution.  Actual efforts cannot be implemented under current conditions in the country, but planning and fundraising are already needed.

Thank you for your support!  Again, please have a look at the photos attached to this report. Join in our concern and enthusiasm.

Solar cooker seminar in Jacmel
Solar cooker seminar in Jacmel
Student prepares a solar cooker
Student prepares a solar cooker
Solar cooker  demo in Hinche
Solar cooker demo in Hinche
Solar cooker at lunch spot
Solar cooker at lunch spot
Crisis - Food to solar students
Crisis - Food to solar students

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Solar cooking expert teaching kids
Solar cooking expert teaching kids

 

Dear Friend!

This is to remind you that TOMORROW morning is Very Important!

You are a great supporter of our work in Haiti.  This is proving successful and deserves all the impetus we can give.  Our work is bringing life-changing results, using the sun to cook food and using waste materials in biodigesters for biogas and garden fertilizer. 

Currently we are focusing on tests and demonstrations of solar cooking, surveys of people using solar cookers, and steps toward a Haitian solar cooking cookbook. We have good progress on these, thanks to collaborators in Haiti and PPAF volunteers here in the USA.

Our latest report (Number 21) highlights this in text and photos from our presentation in a seminar at the United Nations.  Attached is another copy of those documents.  We were happy to be there!

GlobalGiving has a campaign for only a few hours TOMORROW, Wednesday July 20, starting at 9 AM EDT.  Matching will be at 30% for gifts from $100 to $499, 40% for those $500 to $749 and 50% from $750 to $1,000, while matching funds last!  

We want to take advantage of this and maximize the benefits for the work in three towns – Jacmel, Hinche and Cotes de Fer.

Please give what you can!

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Teaching kids about solar cooking
Teaching kids about solar cooking

 

Dear friends and supporters,

PPAF was invited by Solar Cookers International to join in a seminar at the United Nations.  It was held on July 6 and covered the work of that organization generally, and with a focus on Haiti. 

Attached to this report are the text of the PPAF presentation on solar cooking and the photos we used.  We also sponsored a video by a Haitian colleague on the problems of cooking with charcoal and the possibilities of cooking with the power of the sun.

PPAF is glad to engage with Solar Cookers International and others in seminars and projects, and on public policy issue platforms to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Participation in this seminar provided an excellent opportunity for that.

Please dig into the attachments for a good view of recent work!

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Family cooking on solar
Family cooking on solar

Dear friends and supporters,

The focus areas in the latest three months are steps toward a Haitian solar cooking cookbook, design and conduct of local surveys, and demonstrations of solar cooking. We have made good progress on these, thanks to collaborators in Haiti and PPAF volunteers here in the USA.

In previous reports we have highlighted a collaborator and his neighbor in Jacmel who prepare twelve or more solar cooking tests each month since last year. They send us reports and photos each time.  We now have enough depth and variety of information and photos to begin creating drafts of recipe pages.  These illustrate the practicality of solar cooking and itemize the ingredients and directions for tasty dishes.  The testing and results are at the level of low-income families who typically don’t realize how sunshine can cook a good meal and save money otherwise spent on charcoal.  Breathing charcoal fumes also contributes to respiratory disease. 

A call for volunteers in New York to help edit and assemble pages inspired several to join us.  We are glad for them to share in the effort and widen the circle of influence.  We aim for these illustrated sheets of recipes to be useful initially with teams we are already working with in Haiti, and to help promote solar cooking possibilities internationally.

Regarding surveys, we have taken the Solar Cooker International survey materials for user surveys and needs assessment surveys, modified them a bit for use in Haiti, and devised ways to conduct and report on the surveys by cell phone or computer. We have tested the surveys with several Haitian colleagues and have given the user survey a first run in Cotes de Fer.  Next, we will administer the user survey in Jacmel with persons who received solar cookers from us through the Art Creation Foundation for Children, and then in Hinche for those who received solar cookers from us through the University Notre Dame d’Haiti.

As for demonstrations of solar cooking, our collaborators in Jacmel, Cotes de Fer and Hinche have conducted sessions with families and with local institutions including a community center, an orphanage, a maternity center and with staff of a hospital. 

Regarding the ongoing PPAF work:  At the University Notre Dame d’Haiti in Hinche, the solar and bio course is part way through another 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.  Information we received from Solar Cookers International provided impetus for KDCK to construct a permanent installation of back-to-back solar cookers that use four pots. PPAF supported our colleague Fedno Lubin from Jacmel to go on assignment to Cotes de Fer to help update and expand the work being done at the community center.

Dear friends, thank you for your support!  Please be sure to look at the attached photos which highlight recent work,  tour our website   www.ppafoundation.org, and join in our enthusiasm!

Cook with blue hat prepares a dish
Cook with blue hat prepares a dish
Fedno & kids demo at community center
Fedno & kids demo at community center

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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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