We received the following appeal for assistance from Paul M. Munsen of SUN OVENS International, Inc. SolarTown encourages you to support this appeal.
Much progress has been made in the efforts to expand the use of Sun Ovens to Haiti. On January 28, 2010, two large Villager Sun Ovens, 160 Global Sun Ovens, 200 cardboard solar cookers and 2,000 Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPIs) were shipped. In addition, arrangements are underway for 297 Haitian made Global Sun Ovens from the assembly plant in Lambert, Haiti to be distributed to families left homeless by the recent earthquake. A shipment of parts to reopen the assembly plant is scheduled for February 8.
A partnership has been initiated with Bright Hope International, a NGO which has been working in Haiti for more than 15 years. The majority of the Sun Ovens will be distributed to families living in a tent city which has sprung up at a garbage dump in Port au Prince. Bright Hope is currently providing food and medicine to 429 families at this location. Some of the ovens will also be used in tent cities in Pignon, which is 79 miles north of Port-au-Prince and has doubled in size from 35,000 to 65,000 people in the past two weeks. I will be traveling to Haiti in early February to assist in the distribution and training. Bright Hope plans to send additional shipments to Haiti of food, medicine and Sun Ovens throughout the month of February.
With hundreds of thousands of Haitians homeless and living in make shift tent camps the need for Sun Ovens is immense. Most of the tent camps and are using charcoal to cook. The smoke in these camps strains the health of women and children who are all ready malnourished and dehydrated.
The cost of each Sun Oven with two pots and WAIPs is $199. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable to:
Friends of Haiti Organization PO Box 222 Holland, OH 43528 (Please note the donation is for the Sun Oven project.)
Credit card donations can be made through the Sun Oven website. Donations will be forwarded to FOHO and FOHO will issue a receipt by mail. Click here to donate. FOHO is a 501C3 nonprofit organization so all donations will be tax deductible. 100% of the donation will go directly to sending Sun Ovens to Haiti no administrative expenses will be deducted. Thank you for your interest and support.