Tracking clean cookstoves & fuel in Haiti

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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

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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Class in session
Class in session

Dear Friends and Supporters,

A big step forward is underway in the project "Tracking clean cookstoves and fuel in Haiti."  During the reporting period September - November 2018 an innovative college course has begun on solar cooking, biodigesters for biogas and garden fertilizer and related steps toward entrepreneurship.  In addition to the present report, many photos from PPAF and our collaborators can be seen at www.ppafoundation.org/gallery.html.

The Vice-Rector at the Université Notre Dame d'Haiti in Hinche (UNDH-H), a faculty supervisor and a group of students and recent graduates have for several months aimed to establish such a course there.  PPAF helped refine their project proposal and is now funding teaching and related costs for the first run of the one-semester course.  Colleagues from several organizations, including Persons Helping People, Solar CITIES Global Biogas Education, Solar Cookers International, Solar Education Project and Solavore LLC have contributed their technical expertise to the syllabus and reference materials.  Additional organizations may well come on board as the work progresses.  The PPAF Executive Director welcomed students on the first day of the solar classes and made a presentation on how solar cooking relates to each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Upon review of a report on the initial experiences PPAF intends to cover a repeat of the course next spring.

Twenty students are enrolled and participate in classroom sessions, workshops and light lunches prepared on solar and biogas cookers. The course fits well into the academic programs of UNDH-H, which comprise biosciences, medical biology and nursing.  Health, environment and poverty consequences of charcoal for daily cooking are recognized burdens, and concerns to overcome these are part of the ethos of the university.  

The course is significant in several ways.  Its solar and biogas halves are innovative and experimental, the first known time to be taught in Haiti and probably not together anywhere else.  The course materials have been developed through teamwork and translated into French.  Classes are taught mainly in French but also Creole and sometimes with portions in English with translations.  Experts from outside contribute by Skype or in PowerPoint slide sets submitted in advance and shown on screen in the classroom.  The instructors are UNDH-H faculty and recent graduates who have themselves been learning and experimenting on campus through membership in the student group “Comite Biogaz et Recho Soley.”

The Vice Rector and the student team are eager to develop a hub for teaching about, making and selling solar and biogas equipment once a basis for this has been created.  PPAF and cooperating organizations are engaged in ways to help, including support toward consideration of a project by an international funding source operating in Haiti. 

In relation to other aspects of the project, PPAF continues its linkage with the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, where several solar ovens are being tested in selected “My Space” girls clubs in Port-au-Prince.  Discussions are underway for future collaboration targeting young mothers.  Regarding small business and home use of solar ovens in Cotes de Fer, our colleague who heads its hometown association plans a return trip this December.

Dear friends -- The aims of the project “Tracking clean cookstoves and fuel in Haiti” focus on instruction, materials and management.  The college course underway at UNDH-H is particularly important and shows the values of innovation, partnership and enthusiasm.  We look forward to assessing the initial semester’s experiences, publicizing the results and promoting expansion.  Your donations are making this possible.  Thank you for your support!


Students learn to build a biodigester
Students learn to build a biodigester
Cooking on a simple biogas stove
Cooking on a simple biogas stove
Reviewing a Solavore Sport solar oven
Reviewing a Solavore Sport solar oven
Learning about the SK14 parabolic solar cooker
Learning about the SK14 parabolic solar cooker
Class instructors speaking & connecting to Skype
Class instructors speaking & connecting to Skype

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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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