The Nature Conservancy works to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. They accomplish this through the dedicated efforts of their diverse staff, including more than 550 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states and 33 countries and with the help of partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations. TNC uses a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and stays true to their five unique core values. The Nature Conservancy, is currently partnering with DC-based solar cooking NGO, Solar Household Energy (SHE) on a project in Haiti. SHE was a winner of the World Bank's Development Marketplace and also received a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Partnership for Clean Indoor Air to introduce the HotPot and train users across Mexico in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy's Mexican counterpart, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN). SHE and FMCN have been working together for a decade. SHE's project with the Nature Conservancy in Haiti is near the border with the Dominican Republic. The intent of this project is to offer families more environmentally friendly cooking methods, including solar cookers, retained heat cookers and fuel efficient stoves to reduce the massive deforestation that has destroyed most of Haiti's forests. SHE has obtained Sun Oven solar cookers for this project from a local manufacturer, El Fuego del Sol.
Recent news and developments
- February 2013: Changes are coming to Tilori, Haiti as well. Twenty-five families are learning to cook Haitian meals like soup, beans, potatoes, yucca, plantains and rice with energy-efficient stoves and solar ovens — little or no wood or charcoal is needed. Solar Household Energy (SHE), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that introduces solar and alternative cooking to communities, recently distributed the stoves that were purchased with Nature Conservancy funding. Louise Meyer, trainer from SHE, will continue to provide on-going technical assistance and encourage the women to support each other as they learn this new way of cooking. Read more at Solar Cookers: Making Life Easier for Women
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