Solar Oven Partners
Solar Oven Partners (SOP) is a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) project that works to place solar ovens in the hands of the poor in Haiti’s deforested lands. SOP partners with the indigenous church and relief organizations to help alleviate human suffering and environmental destruction, following the UMVIM motto of Christian Love in Action!
Empowering People through Self-Help with Solar Cooking and Water Pasteurization.
SOP is Christian Love in Action!
We hear urgency in the voices of Haitians attending our solar cooking seminars, asking why the program took so long to reach them. Why SOP can't provide many more ovens? In response, we must grow our successful program, with multiple pieces required to put it all together!
Experience has demonstrated that teaching solar cooking is the basis for success--rather than simply delivering solar ovens. Furthermore, teaching in the students' first language--offered by passionate, experienced peers--fosters acceptance, ownership, and enthusiasm for solar cooking!
Deforestation in Haiti is of epic proportions. Until the demand for charcoal--used as cooking fuel and made from trees--is eased, deforestation will continue to take a tragic toll on Haiti and its people. Solar cooking is a practical, concrete and caring solution. How can you become involved?
God seems to be in the midst of a transition that is occurring with Solar Oven Partners (SOP)--taking us from the old and familiar to the stuff of long-held visions and dreams that have been held in check for the right opportunity to broaden our missions horizons.
This summer, SOP will forgo its usual summer mission trip to Haiti to implement two pilot projects in order to assess opportunities for partnerships with missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries. Read more about this exciting door that is opening...
Solar Oven Partners Associate Director Cathy Hoss recently added up the volunteer hours and value they provide in dollars alone. The numbers might surprise you.