Haiti Solar Oven Partners
Haiti Solar Oven Partners (HSOP) 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. HSOP 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.
HSOP is Christian Love in Action!
We hear urgency in the voices of Haitian students attending our solar cooking seminars, asking why the program took so long to reach them. Why HSOP can't provide many more ovens, since everyone obviously needs a solar oven? 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?
Our Goals for 2014:
At Haiti Solar Oven Partners, we love a challenge--especially when it will help reach more Haitians with life-changing solar ovens and training. Due to the generosity of anonymous donors, HSOP is one step closer to raising the dollars necessary to support an associate director position. Anonymous donors have given $6,000 to be used in a matching gift challenge to be met, if possible, by June 1. Catch the details and become part of the challenge.
A fundraiser at McCabe UMC in Bismark will help send two teenagers to Haiti this July as part of a HSOP volunteers-in-mission team. Their home church hosted a benefit luncheon, attracting 250 people. The resulting funds, along with a Bremer Family Matching Grant through the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation, helped Alexandra Cleary and Sara Bolme meet their financial goal.These high school Juniors and members of McCabe's youth ministry will now put their HSOP enthusiasm to work in Haiti.
It's a new and exciting way to get involved with Haiti Solar Oven Partners! Get your sewing machine ready or donate to the cause...
Alexandra Cleary (left) and Sara Bolme hold diapers made from tee shirts that they'll also deliver to Haiti this summer.