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  1. 1. Kami foundation for haiti FEBRUARY 2010 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 A Foundation Born to Aid Haiti up with the is the primary fuel used Jatropha, the Fuel following man- in the majority of date: homes. It greatly con- of the Future: Promote the pres- tributes to the defores- tation of what was once *Jatropha is a tropical, ervation of the environment by known as the “Pearl of none comestible plant reducing the felling the Antilles”. which produces nut-like Michel Jobin pictured above with of trees. In the next five years, seeds. These particular kami manufacturers. Provide alternative KAMI hopes to intro- seeds have a very high oil In July of 2009 Michel sources of fuel for cooking in duce three definite pro- content. Jobin was invited to the North East of Haiti, grams; speak at a Knights of and eventually beyond. Locally manufactured Columbus social event in Create sustainable improve- kerosene/biodiesel Orangeville Ontario. ments in the quality of life stoves as a replacement After his message, Mi- of the Haitian population, for charcoal. chel, who has over 20 especially women. Provide environmental years of experience in aid The initial idea Jobin education to grade to Haiti, was acclaimed had was to introduce school students. and approached by members of the audi- kerosene stoves thus, Increase *Jatropha cul- ence, willing to help in hopefully replacing ture to be transformed the founding of a chari- charcoal as cooking into biodiesel for use in table organization. fuel. Charcoal is un- oil lamps and kerosene THE KAMI STOVE healthy, slow and ir- stoves. Since that day, a board regular and increasingly Inside this issue: of directors was formed, expensive. With all a constitution was drawn these considerations, it Mission Trip 2 The roots of KAMI Jocelyn Latour 3 KAMI is derived from work through the women‟s groups and the founders names, “grass roots” of the schools have actively A New Way of Life 3 KAthleen and MIchel population. That is gotten involved with Jobin, hence the name why the foundation our mission and are Contributions Aceepted 4 chosen. started in a small town, now very motivated where ordinary people and excited partici- KAMI Welcomes 4 The foundation hopes to will benefit and partici- pants. make a very positive pate actively in the pro- change in the lives of the Much more work is left posed changes. people of Haiti. To do to do, but this is only this, KAMI plans to Several cooperatives, the beginning.
  2. 2. KAMI FOUNDATION Page 2 “We repeated hundreds of times the “how My Last Mission Trip to Terrier-Rouge, Haiti to light the By Michel Jobin tive and give basic formation They were amazed to discover on utilizing them safely. that kerosene produces a simi- In April of 2009, determined to lar blue flame to propane, kerosene stove introduce an alternative to the The local interest in our pro- when under pressure. They safely.” use of charcoal fuel, I returned ject went far beyond my expec- were especially impressed with to Terrier-Rouge; I brought tations. After briefing five the formidable heat that the with me the kerosene stove, manufacturers, they eagerly stoves produce. A total of 169 which I imported from the went to work, anxious to show Philippines. Terrier-Rouge, a me their first models of the With one gallon of kerosene villagers, 59 of quiet rural village in the N.E of stoves. Within a few days, they lasting for 22 hours of continu- them women, Haiti, is located between Cap- had built a total of ten different ous heat, a litre of water boils Haitian and Fort-Liberte, stove frames; all were different in only 4.5 minutes. This is by took these 30 where I lived on several occa- to each other, bul all of them far a better heat source than sions over the past 15 years. met with my proposed stan- the more detrimental charcoal. minute dards. As kerosene is available every- Knowing that the kerosene where in the country, for its workshop/ stove would be very effective, I Along with my house staff and use for lamp oil, it is also much returned to Haiti in November my long time and loyal assis- more economical than the very discussions.” 2009, after the formation of tant Jocelyn Latour, we pre- expensive charcoal. The people KAMI Foundation. The goal pared a formation session. thanked KAMI Foundation for was to explore the feasibility of Once word of our new tech- this wonderful initiative and having local manufacturers, nology circulated in the town, expressed hopes that our ef- with whom I had worked in people of all sorts and talents forts will grow soon and for the past, build steel frames for visited my improvised prem- many years to come. stoves, which would be better ises, curious to see with their suited for Haitian cooking. I own eyes, this new technology. Eight of the ten stoves built also wanted to meet with target were left with families, who are We repeated hundreds of times expected to take part in an groups and individuals. This the (How to light the kero- evaluation when I return in endeavor was to sensitize them sene stove safely demonstra- April 2010. I spoke with to the problem of deforesta- tion). A total of 169 villagers, Jocelyn Latour who says that tion and the devastating envi- 59 of them women, took these the stoves are working very ronmental effects of charcoal. 30 minute workshop/ well, people are pleased to I planned to motivate and in- discussions. All of the visitors cook indoors, as it has been terest people in the use of showed great enthusiasm to raining for the past three kerosene stoves as an alterna- this pressured kerosene stove. weeks.
  3. 3. Page 3 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 Jocelyn Latour the Right Hand Assistant Pictured on the right with is family is Jocelyn Latour, Michel‟s assistant in Haiti. As Michel has stated, Jocelyn‟s invaluable help keeps procedures in action while Michel is away. Along with helping to supervise the manufacturing of the KAMI stoves, Jocelyn also visits the families, who now use the stoves on a regular basis. These visits help the people by having any questions answered. Training is also provided where needed. A very important factor to the able to cook without charcoal, Jocelyn is pictured with his beau- regular visits, is to report to Mi- along with comfortably prepar- tiful family, who are also in- “these visits help chel how the people are adapting ing family meals indoors. volved with this project. to the new technology of being the people by having their Pictures of a New Way of Life This story can fit 100-150 words. If the newsletter is distributed president, or an editorial. You questions internally, you might comment can also profile new employees The subject matter that appears answered. upon new procedures or im- or top customers or vendors. in newsletters is virtually endless. provements to the business. You can include stories that Training is also Sales figures or earnings will focus on current technologies or show how your business is innovations in your field. provided where growing. You may also want to note busi- needed. Some newsletters include a col- ness or economic trends, or umn that is updated every issue, make predictions for your cus- for instance, an advice column, a tomers or clients. book review, a letter from the Insid e S tory Headline Picture here are family homemakers enjoy- ing the comfort of being able to cook in- doors. Cooking with charcoal is done com- Caption describ- pletely outdoors, even in the rainy season. ing picture or graphic. To the right, a KAMI kerosene stove under construction.
  4. 4. A note to sum up KAMI’s We Welcome and are Actively Seeking BOARD OF DIRECTORS Financial Contributions. Michel Jobin Chair Orangeville KAMI is just getting started and is off to a remarkable beginning. Our application to become a Sheila Flattery Vice Chair Charitable Organization will soon be submitted to Canada Revenue Agency for approval. Orangeville Sylvie GilAlfau Secretary At this time, we cannot provide official receipts for your donations, but we do have very ambi- Orangeville tious plans to move forward. Our objective for 2010 is to manufacture 100 stoves and install Victoria Meneses Treasurer them in many homes. We are providing a viable alternative to the destruction of trees, which are Orangeville now nearly non existent in Haiti. Because of the stoves, daily life is changed for the better since Ann Lay Director meal preparation no longer takes the whole day. Caledon Jean-Paul Gauthier Director If you can help us during this initial phase of our development, your donations would be most Orangeville gratefully received. Please see the address below where you can mail your donations. Thank Dale Hahn Director you very much, your help will benefit a hurting nation. Orangeville Kathleen Jobin Director Orangeville Arshad Shah Director Newmarket Joe Plut Director Orangeville Stephen White Director Orangeville Please make checks payable to: Michel jobin With kami foundation New KAMI Office Building in Terrier-Rouge. for Haiti in the memo section. KAMI Welcomes Visitors to Terrier-Rouge mail to: KAMI will be in position to host The village of Terrier-Rouge is our stoves are in use; we would Michel jobin some guests. The two story situated 40 kms from the north- also visit the facility where the Kami foundation house named „LAKAY ern border, between Haiti and stoves are manufactured, includ- 834474 4th line KAMI‟ (the house of KAMI) will the Dominican Replublic. Al- ing schools and cooperatives. Town of mono provide guests with a simple, but though a fair distance from the R.R. 1 Orangeville on safe place to stay. The food will This is an experience that we capital of Port-au-Prince, it is Canada l9w2y8 be prepared by our cook Nazou, encourage you to contemplate. If easy to get to from Puerto Plata who also takes care of the house- you have special skills in the arts, D.R. keeping. With Nazou, Jocelyn sports, music or other areas, we Terrier-Rouge will be the home my assistant and Wislin helping could set up for you to lead of KAMI‟s National Office. It‟s our guests, their stay in Terrier- workshops with local groups. new premises will soon include Rouge will be pleasant. No special qualification is an office and accommodations Different visits can be arranged needed, just an ability to frater- for visitors. for the inquisitive visitor, such as nize and share with others. Starting in the Fall of 2010, visits to the households where Please contact Michel Jobin.

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