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  • 1. Kami foundation for haiti AUGUST 2010 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2HAITI in 2010 by Michel Jobin S.H.A.R.E. AGRICULTURAL FOUNDATION We’d like to extend a special commendation to S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation, for the substantial donation to KAMI. This grant has al- lowed us to meet the goals that we hoped to accomplish this year. Thank you S.H.A.R.E.Michel Jobin with leaders of a local women’s cooperative group.The catastrophe of January 12, 2010 the countryside.has reminded us of the extreme fragil- This has created serious pressure toity of a country which is laboring hard the rural families. They now haveto rise up from past decades of hard- more people to feed, as relatives fromships. The disaster of January has the city arrive without means to sus-come to destabilize Haiti; Haitians tain themselves, while the cost of barehave been struggling through one dis- essentials is on the rise. Just as anaster into another for decades. This Inside this issue: example, in Terrier Rouge, the cost oflatest setback, the earthquake of 2010 a cupful of rice had risen to $1.00 U.Shas divided Haitians from Port-au- when I left in May. Many children Spring Mission Trip 2Prince, which was the main commer- have been pulled out of school, be-cial centre and the seat of government. cause parents cannot afford properThis has left Haitians more vulnerable, Homage to Ann Lay 3 clothing and uniforms. Even thoughwhile facing difficulties which were the earthquake’s epicenter was in the Ugly Duckling 4already extremely real before this most capital city, the damage of this tragedyrecent event. has and still is affecting everyone, eve- Doug Skeates 5The human drama, which took place rywhere in the country.within one hour, the consequences of The effects of the devastation will be Jatropha/Ecology 5frightful structure damage, caused by felt for years to come, help is greatlythe earthquake in Port-au-Prince, re- needed to assist Haitians recover from Awareness Trips 6sulted in a mass urban exodus; this yet another set back.displacement pushed city dwellers to Happy Birthday 6
  • 2. KAMI FOUNDATION FOR HAITI Page 2 Spring Trip Report by Michel Jobin During April and May of this the accord. Frames, which In spite of several attempts, year, I returned to the village meet the standard are sold by we have not found a better, of Terrier-Rouge, where manufacturers to buyers at a safer and more reasonable KAMI has its National Office. price of $25 U.S per stove. means to ship these vital parts In spite of the difficulties I am KAMI supplies components, to Haiti. always happy to return. Re- consisting of a burner, regula- ciprocally, the villagers show A meeting was also arranged feelings of joy for my return. tor, fuel tank and vinyl tubing. with members of our Evalua- The presence of KAMI in the The estimated cost of a stove tion Team. The team consists village represents hope for to KAMI is $85 U.S KAMI of nine women who had been potential economic growth in also provides a 30 minute using KAMI stoves since the future. safety information course, January of this year. The out- installs the unit at the client‟s come of the session was very I arrived in Terrier-Rouge, as home and inspects the cook- positive. None of these vil- usual, via the Dominican Re- ing setup during the first three lagers had problems with their “A series of 3 public; it is quicker, more stoves, and none had gone months. All of the 30 units economical and especially back to using charcoal. meetings were had been delivered to clients much safer. In my 3 suit- “Every woman should own cases, along with my personal within two weeks after I left one of these stoves’, they said. held with five Haiti. The demand for the effects, I carried 30 sets of They added “our daily cook- essential components to build KAMI stove is increasing ing chores went from 6-7potential stove our KAMI stoves. slowly but surely. As we are hours to an average of 2.5manufacturers, now out of component parts, hours because of the KAMI During most of the seven some activities have slowed, stove.” In conclusion, they to arrive at an weeks, I was preoccupied but Jocelyn, our Agent states all agree that now, they have with renovations to our build- that he receives people re- more time with their children accord of ing. When finished, the upper questing information on this and other activities such as floor of the building will con- gardening etc. standard for new technology on a daily sist of living quarters for our expected guests and myself, basis. A priority list of peoplequality, size and while the main floor is di- who have purchased frames is vided into the KAMI office, a being kept until more compo-cost of frames.” meeting room, an office for nents can be supplied. our Agent and a room for night watch. Basic furniture and beds were built locally. A nine month contract was signed with an Agent and a night watch, who are now full time KAMI employees in Haiti. A series of 3 meetings were held with five potential stove manufacturers, to arrive at an accord of standard for quality, size and cost of frames. At this time there are two of the five potential stove manufac- turers who show serious com- mitment to build stoves ac- cording to specifications in A happy family now cooks inside with the KAMI stove.
  • 3. Page 3 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2Homage to Ann Lay: To the surprise of all, over 50 individuals attended the event at her beautiful Cale- don residence. She then con- vinced her good friend from the Beaches, May Maskow, to repeat a similar experience with her own circle of friends from the Queen‟s City. Both of these events prove to be a booming success and re- sulted in meeting many of our financial goals for 2010. By the time this issue is pub- “Ann, we feel lished, Ann will have hostedWho is Ann Lay? She is al- Ann above all, is a very gen- another fund raiser, a walk in that you deservemost everything that you can erous and loving person. her beautiful garden and the fields behind her home, di- this recognitionthink of. She is a reflexolo- Last January, when our Board rected by three Master Herb-gist, a hospital chaplain, a and homage as a of Directors (she is also a alists.great supporter to a recent Director of KAMI Founda-refugee family in our area, a Ann, we feel that you de- valuable member tion) finished the exercise ofsoprano in our parish choir, a serve this recognition and making our One Year Plan for of KAMItalented artist and she also homage as a valuable mem- 2010, and put down our ambi-sponsors two children in ber of KAMI Foundation for Foundation for tious dreams for the year, weHaiti. Among many more Haiti. Many thanks to you realized we only had $162.55things, she is a friend to so and we look forward to your Haiti.” in our bank account. Annmany people. Once I over- much appreciated efforts in then said, “Leave this withheard someone ask her; “Ann, the future. me, one thing I am good at isis there anyone you don’t raising money.” Ann got on Michel Jobinknow?” her telephone and organized a Morning Coffee Event. The Town Crier Pictured with his bicycle and sound equipment, the Terrier- Rouge Town Crier, ZinZin could be heard all over the small communities, announc- ing the opening of the KAMI office. This announcement was a welcome sound for the towns- people, who hope for progress and prosperity in the future.
  • 4. KAMI FOUNDATION FOR HAITI Page 4 Ugly Duckling (in a forestry sense) An article by Doug Skeates It is unusual that a weed turns out to be of promising value to mankind. A little known tropical tree is a potential multipurpose answer to many of mankind‟s ills. In a very poor coun- try, food supply is a primary concern. Jatropha curcas, a tree species, can be used for protection for garden plots, hence an aid for food production. It characteristically produces nuts with a high concentration of oil, a good source of cooking fuel, and one which could replace a high propor- tion of charcoal, the commonest source of energy used in the home. Globally the species is being seen as a source of biodiesel oil. An article in the Feb. 19, 2007 issue of Newsweek International (The Cinderella Plant) Karen Palmer quoted a South Afri- can scientist as seeing the potential for this renewable natural source of oil as possibly being the “The greatest Saudi Arabia of the tropics. The article noted that major oil companies in Norway, India and social problem, Britain “...are racing to buy up or lease enormous swaths of African land for Jatropha planta- tions.” Numbers recorded included 20,000 ha in Malawi, 15,000 ha in Zambia, 40,000 ha in Ni- particularly in geria and 150,000 ha in Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa for planting of the species. the third world From an ecological perspective Jatropha is almost of equal promise in its ability to grow on poor quality land unsuitable for agricultural purposes. There are vast areas world-wide whichhas always been are considered to be of marginal productivity. It has been suggested that the species has potential for reclamation of considerable desert land. Keeping in mind that just the Sahara Desert exceedspoverty. Lack of the size of the United States, even just a proportion of the world‟s deserts could go a long way to solving the expected European shortfall in energy supply. adequate The greatest social problem, particularly in the third world has always been poverty. finances has Lack of adequate finances has resulted in starvation for millions. Without the money to buy anti- retroviral drugs many millions in Africa have died from HIV/Aids. Without access to clean wa- resulted in ter, child mortality figures have been staggering, with children being especially vulnerable to starvation for death from water-borne diseases. Lack of food and potable water has been the basis for many wars resulting in the deaths of so many people. millions.” With the use of inexpensive locally produced energy, families have greater opportunities to pay school fees and provide uniforms for their children. For many this ensures access to edu- cation, meaning a rise in future standards of living as well as greater prosperity for the nation as a whole. Despite the enormous potential which Jatropha trees have in the fields of energy self sufficiency, land reclamation and conservation of forest cover, I see the greatest value of the spe- cies being in the back yard of rural land-owners. KAMI has placed its highest priority on farm produced energy, the growing consumption of cooking fuel. Not only does Jatropha hedge dis- courage free-roaming animals from eating crops, but it also provides a natural source of home grown energy, while residues after extraction of oil, provides a good fertilizer for production of food crops. Traditionally, most cooking in rural areas is conducted outdoors with the use of charcoal, a basis for mass deforestation. Trees are cut to provide an accessible energy source. Conversion of firewood to charcoal is about 30% efficient, a most inefficient use of a valuable ecological resource. The loss of forest cover has left Haiti with about 1% the land base in forest cover. Use of Jatropha as a farm crop provides oil for families to cook indoors in recently de- signed kerosene stoves in about half the time to provide meals. (continued next page)
  • 5. Page 5 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 The primary value of trees is normallyseen as being in wood products. In this regardJatropha gets a failing grade as wood quality ofthe trees in minimal. Instead this „weed species‟shows every potential for being much greatervalue contributing more important products. Beyond the commercial value of re-duced importation of costly energy, protection offood production and conservation of forests con-tributes to enhanced agricultural potential andprosperity for the people of this, the WesternWorld‟s poorest nation.Traditional means of cooking consists of threestones and a wood or charcoal fire. Doug Skeates “The loss of forest cover Doug Skeates, who has a weekly col- umn in the Orangeville Citizen and has left Haiti lives near Hockley Village, has had an with about 1% of international career as an arborist and forester. He and his wife Anne, have the land base in lived in in many parts of the world and have a wealth of experience in the forest cover.” problems of developing nations. He has accepted our offer to act as an advi- sor to KAMI Foundation for Haiti. His talents will be appreciated, especially regarding our project with Jatropha.Jatropha Plantation and Ecology FormationBy Michel JobinThese two projects were iden- diesel for KAMI stoves. It pha is poisonous to them.tified by our Board to be un- takes four years for Jatropha Livestock and poultry aredertaken within our 5 Year to be in peak production. usually loose and a greatPlan. During my trip to Haiti, Our approach will be to in- threat for farmers. This natu-meetings were held with local volve local farmers in plant- rally will involve subsidizingpotential players in executing ing Jatropha seeds in nurser- farmers for work and care ofthese goals. ies. Seedlings will then be trees. An agricultural techni- transplanted and cared for as cian can hopefully be hiredBy working in parthership bare-root stocks in the farm- by KAMI to oversee activi-with a local vegetable growers ers‟ individual vegetable ties and provide education.co-operative, we hope to soon plots. The suggestion made The technician will also as-start planting Jatropha; Jatro- by the co-operative is to plant sist our Agent in trainingpha oil when extracted, should these around vegetable plots, users of the KAMI stoves.gradually replace or at least as fencing to protect cropssupplement kerosene as a bio- from roving animals, Jatro-
  • 6. A note to sum upKAMI’s Awareness Trips to HaitiBOARD OF DIRECTORS In October of this year, KAMI will be readyMichel Jobin Chair to accept visitors who want to see and hearOrangeville something other than the images projected inSheila Flattery Vice Chair our media. Come and meet the joyful andOrangeville hardworking Haitian people in the village toSylvie GilAlfau Secretary Orangeville Terrier-Rouge. We are suggesting visits ofVictoria Meneses Treasurer one week intervals. West Jet Airlines hasOrangeville the most economical flight directly fromAnn Lay Director Toronto to Puerta-Plata in the DominicanCaledon Republic.Jean-Paul Gauthier DirectorOrangeville From here, land transportation can be ar-Dale Hahn Director ranged to the border, where you will be metOrangevilleKathleen Jobin Director and taken to Terrier-Rouge. Our accommo-Orangeville dations are simple but secure. If you areArshad Shah Director interested in this unique experience, pleaseNewmarket reserve quickly, as space is limited. ForJoe Plut Director Jocelyn Latour KAMI’s National Agent more information, please call Michel JobinOrangeville Posing at KAMI office in Terrier-Rouge. at 519.942.0255.Stephen White DirectorOrangeville Happy Birthday KAMI August 2010 marks our first anniver-Please make checks sary as a Foundation dedicated to thepayable to: sustainable development of Haiti. WeKAMI FOUNDATION have sure come a long way since ourFOR HAITI August 2009 founding meeting.mail to: To our Board of Directors, our work-Kami foundation ers, our collaborators, fund raisers and834474 4th line donors, we wish you all a veryTown of monoR.R. 1 Orangeville onCanada l9w2y8 “Happy Birthday” We look forward to many more accom-Editor plishments with your help and support.Mike Labelle Thank you. Franky Joseph proudly shows the KAMI sign. Franky builds KAMI stoves at his shop.