Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti

by Public-Private Alliance Foundation Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are happy to tell you about the progress made in the project "Tracking clean cookstoves and fuel in Haiti" from June through August 2018.  Please also see the attached photos and documents for illustration of this, and the many pictures we have posted in the Gallery section of our website.

The student team for biogas and solar cooking (Comite Biogaz et Recho Soley), sponsored by the Vice-Rector at the Universite Notre Dame d'Haiti in Hinche (UNDH-H), organized a very successful Science Day on June 2, as mentioned in our 3rd Report.  With resources from your donations PPAF covered a portion of the costs at the university itself and travel by one of our colleagues to be an international guest speaker.  The event attracted some 400 attendees, including local political and religious leaders, students from many nearby schools and members of the community. 

The university center, whose acronym UDERS translates as Diocesan Unit for Education, Research and Service, is proving to be a fertile location for advances in biogas and solar cooking. The Vice Rector and the student team, in which some members are now recent graduates, are eager to develop a hub for teaching about, making and selling this equipment.  PPAF and several cooperating organizations are engaged in ways to help make this happen.

In July we focused on two events in New York.  One was a fundraising evening benefit for Haiti, with 75 persons attending, and held with generous support from our friends at Resource Furniture.  This provided opportunity for representatives of  PPAF, Solavore LLC, Solar CITIES Biogas and Solar Cookers International (SCI) to describe their work in general and together in Haiti. 

The other main event was an exhibit held jointly with SCI at the United Nations during its HighLevel Political Forum on Sustainable Development. During a week and a half representatives of the two organizations, plus friends from Solavore/ KDCK and from Solar Education Project were able to demonstrate several types of solar cookers and discuss current work with attendees at this major conference.  Ours was one of the most visited and most lively displays there.  

August saw two significant actions as well. One was the opportunity to make a joint presentation, with the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network (HAGN), at a second major conference at the United Nations. Our presentation "Supporting brighter futures for girls in Haiti" was in a panel on girls' education at the annual Non-Governmental Organizations conference hosted by the UN Department of Public Information. Fifty persons attended that session, which drew considerable interaction, including comments from the SCI Technical Director/Representative to the UN. 

The other significant activity is PPAF participation in the refinement and future of a project proposal being developed at UNDH-H for a course on solar and biogas cooking and related entrepreneurship.  Colleagues from several organizations, but especially Solavore, Solar CITIES Biogas, SCI and Solar Education Project, are working with the Vice Rector to develop the document and its annexes (course syllabus etc.).  The effort is a combination of time, talent and initial funding in preparation for possible consideration by an international funding source operating in Haiti.

Dear friends -- your donations, in keeping with the aims outlined in the PPAF project for Global Giving, are making this possible.  Thank you for your continued support!


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UNDH-Hinche students w biodigesters & solar ovens
UNDH-Hinche students w biodigesters & solar ovens

Dear donors and all readers,

We are happy to show the recent progress in the project you are making possible.  The advances come from collaborating with several organizations – Haitian and international – on solar and biogas for cooking and fertilizer.  In the past months our work has expanded and new partnerships have grown.

In late 2017, when the GlobalGiving project was getting underway, the Vice-Rector and a group of students at the Université Notre Dame d’Haiti in the town of Hinche became enthusiastic about the innovations proposed.  It was a natural fit, as the main specialties there are biosciences and nursing, and the Vice-Rector is a champion on environmental and social justice concerns.

The attached May 31 edition of the PPAF newsletter highlights the activities of the student committee.   Members prepare feasts cooked on solar ovens and biogas, maintain one biodigester and have built another, have created a garden fertilized from the biodigesters, and host a Facebook page and a What’s App site for the group to interact, show their progress and receive advice.  Most recently they have conducted outreach at schools and radio stations in Hinche, and organized a Science Day, held June 2, to explain and advertise the work of recent months.  PPAF, with your support, has contributed with cash and commentary, including to a study tour by the Vice-Rector and the student committee leader to Patel College/USF and ECHO Global Farm in Florida, and to the June 2 Science Day.  In the latter case, PPAF contributed both to the event itself and to travel costs by one of the speakers.

Our second report alerted and invited you to the seminar we were organizing in New York in March in relation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  The attached newsletter of March 25 gives details on that event.  Panelists from our group of collaborating organizations made excellent presentations to a lively room-full of participants.

Under PPAF’s GlobalGiving project we are to work with others to implement, monitor and advocate non-polluting cookstoves and local fuels in Haiti.  As seen, we are engaging local groups, documenting innovations, assessing challenges & successes, publicizing results and promoting expansion.  Thanks for your support!

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Univ. students trained in biogas and solar options
Univ. students trained in biogas and solar options

Dear Donors and all Readers,

You are cordially invited to participate in the event we are holding next Wednesday evening, March 14, enitled "Clean Cooking for Sustainable Development."  We and four of our collaborating organizations will make presentations on recent progress related to the PPAF GlobalGiving project "Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti."  The UN Association of the USA - Southern NYS Division is co-hosting the event, which is to take place at the UN Foundation, 801 Second Ave, New York City.

To register, RSVP to jinka.stillman@gmail.com as soon as possible, as seating is limited.  We will also live-stream the event on FaceBook in order to reach more people.  Please let us know if you plan to watch.

Our event ties to the 62nd Annual Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, whose main theme this year is the empowerment of women and girls, especially in rural settings.  This is very important and relevant to our efforts, as can be seen in the donation categories of our GlobalGiving project.

The panelists include -

  • Rose Bazile, RNC, MSN, RN, Board Chair, Konbit pou Developman Commune Kotes de Fer (KDCK) (Haiti & New York), Haiti representative of Solavore LLC and a nursing professor.   
  • George Garland, DBA, Board President, Haiti Education and Resource Team (HEART) 
  • Alan Bigelow, PhD, Science Director, Representative at United Nations. Solar Cookers International
  • Kathy Puffer, Secretary and Co-Founder, Solar CITIES Biogas Innoventors & Practitioners, Inc.

The speakers represent organizations working to advance solar and biogas cookstoves and fuel to improve health and daily life in families, create small business opportunities for women and girls, and fight against environmental degradation.

Registration in the conference room starts at 5:30 pm.  The event itself will run from 6:15 to 8:30 pm, including presentations and discussion. 

Here is a link to the flyer for the event, in addition to the one shown as an attachment.  http://www.ppafoundation.org/uploads/1/1/6/5/11653723/csw_clean_cooking_for_sustainable_development_flier.pdf

Thank you again for your support and all donations.  We hope you can join us to see how your contributions are put to work!

Flyer for March 14 event
Flyer for March 14 event

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Girls learning about solar ovens at HAGN
Girls learning about solar ovens at HAGN

Your donations have made possible training, monitoring and cookstove distribution sessions in Haiti in January, and to help fund a science fair scheduled for May. Our purpose - building evidence to increase the impact of innovations – has gotten underway.  Students, faculty and others involved have all declared this a motivating experience. Thanks to all donors and especially to our wonderful friends at Resource Furniture -www.resourcefurniture.com.

PPAF and eight Haitian and USA-based organizations are collaborating to improve lives and livelihoods, especially for girls and women. They include ECHO Global Farm (ECHO), Haiti Adolescent Girls Network (HAGN), Konbit pou Developman Commune Kote de Fer (KDCK), Persons Helping People (PHP), Solar CITIES Biogas, Solar Cookers International (SCI), Solavore LLC, and Université Notre Dame – Hinche (UND-Hinche). It is an amazing group, with activities in Port-au-Prince, Hinche and Cotes de Fer, Haiti, and with linkages in California, Florida, Minnesota, New York and elsewhere.

PPAF, KDCK and Solar CITIES installed several solar ovens and biodigesters for biogas cooking in 2017 on an experimental basis. This January Solavore/KDCK and PHP representatives took the next steps, monitoring how people are using the biodigesters in Hinche and Cotes de Fer, and providing training and distribution for 75 new owners of Solavore solar ovens.  PHP donated or sold 37 of the ovens at subsidized prices in Cotes de Fer.  Solavore sold 16 to HAGN for a girls’ entrepreneurship project in Port-au-Prince, and left 13 more in that city with a woman as a private vendor.  Solavore provided the other nine to a community organization in southern Haiti. All are very satisfied with the results of these collaborations.

At the session for 16 HAGN “My Space” girls’ club members, the novice commercial cooks took great interest in how to use sunshine instead of charcoal. Monitoring their experiences will be important. At UND-Hinche, with encouragement from the Vice-Rector, 69 nursing, medical biology and biosciences students were certified last November in a Solar CITIES and KDCK short course on biodigesters.  In January Solavore/KDCK and PHP representatives consulted further with the nine-member solar and biogas student coordinating committee, which uses a Facebook group for advice and photos, and they discussed plans for a science fair and for additional stoves and biodigesters. 

In Cotes de Fer, a local manager is now in charge of solar oven sales, whether outright or on an installment plan, and a biodigester is proving its worth producing cooking gas for a pastor’s home and fertilizer for the garden.  Internationally, SCI representatives have included references to our group’s work in public presentations.  In Florida, PPAF is working with ECHO to monitor the performance of a biodigester installed last year by the University of South Florida and Solar CITIES; PPAF has obtained support for that from a nearby Rotary Club. 

The collaborators are making valuable contributions and the Impact is already becoming evident.  For PPAF’s priorities please see the donation categories of https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tracking-clean-cookstoves-and-fuel-in-haiti/.  Also see the photos at http://www.ppafoundation.org/gallery.html

Forthcoming -- On the evening of March 14, during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Association of the USA Southern NYS Division and PPAF will co-host “Clean Cooking for Sustainable Development” at the UN Foundation in NYC. Please contact ppafoundation@gmail.com to register for this. Also a fun and fundraising event is being planned later in the spring, to take place at Resource Furniture. Stay tuned!

 

 

University students ready to build a biodigester
University students ready to build a biodigester
University student with biodigester at Hinche
University student with biodigester at Hinche
Solar oven from PHP, smiles from Solavore & KDCK
Solar oven from PHP, smiles from Solavore & KDCK
Solar CITIES & KDCK give biogas training session
Solar CITIES & KDCK give biogas training session
Performance evaluation training- Solar Cookers Int
Performance evaluation training- Solar Cookers Int

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Public-Private Alliance Foundation

Location: Hastings on Hudson, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
David Stillman
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