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:
You can now shop and donate to Haiti Solar Oven Partners at the same time! Through an eBay program called Giving Works, HSOP can sell items on eBay with 100% of the profits returning to support our mission--putting sustainable solar ovens in the hands of trained Haitians. Items sold on the site are donated by individuals in support of HSOP. To find out more about how you can Visit eBay Giving Works and Make a Difference, read on...
Results from three major fundraising events show that people are responding to the call for more solar ovens in Haiti.Whether it was through the Bishop's Thanksgiving Appeal, the Giving Tuesday online event through the United Methodist Church's Global Ministries, or Alternative Giving over the Advent/Christmas season, HSOP has been blessed! "HSOP's supporters responded with amazing generosity," says HSOP Director Rick Jost.
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...