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 Haitians attending our solar cooking seminars, asking why the program took so long to reach them. Why HSOP 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?
Our Goals for 2014:
An HSOP survey team, as well as a team focused on oven assembly and building a sheltered work area, are heading to Haiti this summer. The survey team, led by South Dakota Associate Professor of French Dr. Molly Krueger Enz, will be surveying 300 previous recipients of solar ovens. The assembly team will help construct a sheltered work area for assembly of solar ovens at HSOP's container/staging site. They will also help with a solar cooking seminar.
$10,000 Grant to HSOP
HSOP has received exciting news. Not only is it the recipient of a $10,000 Cora Foundation grant to fund its survey team project this summer, but also a $5,000 Trull Foundation grant to be used to help fund solar oven components and/or training.The $10,000 Cora Foundation grant will cover the majority of the costs associated with the HSOP Survey Team trip scheduled July 21-27.