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:
Is your gift-giving stuck in a rut?Tired of the 'shop until you drop' mentality? Want to give--or get--a gift that truly expresses the hope and love expressed by the Christ child's birth? Maybe it's time to think outside of the box. Maybe it's time to think alternatives. Maybe it's time to give a Haiti Solar Oven in someone's name--or request one be given in your name.
Perfect sunny days and passion for thepeople of Haiti were enough reasons for smiles as the most recent HSOP Volunteer-in-Mission team posed for a photo on their trip home after 10 days assembling and distributing ovens. The 10-member team even broke a record!