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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
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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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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David Stillman
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