The Green Hospital

The Green HospitalRenewable energy’s contribution to the environment is profound. THE GREEN Hospital Program has the potential to offset coal produced electricity, AND reduce green house gases created by power plants. Gases like sulfuric nitrous acid, when combined with water, produce acid rain, and can seriously hinder rice and other crop production as well as defoliate rain forest cover. Frequently when RE projects are up for consideration another barometer considered is an equivalent of acres of trees planted. The acreage of trees planted is based on the size of the solar PV system. These are GREEN hospital project environmental benefits.See us on http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org/green-hospital.html

By Patrick Kagema  – Courtesy REEF Website

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Save our mothers!

Filipino Woman

Thanks to petitochips

She gets up at the crack of dawn, straps one baby to her back, the other to the front. And yet, one more lazily follows her around, tagging tightly on her heavily patched dress. She walks out, down the dark forest path. Oblivious of the danger that lurks along, the bloody rape that occurred on the same path last evening, she hurries to fetch firewood and with the few coins she has saved, buy paraffin to use on the lantern tonight. She needs to get back soon so that she can make a meal for her family, a meal that might as well be the only one of the day. This is her life. This is a Filipino woman at a remote part of the Philippines.

At Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation, we know this woman. And we understand her needs. The Family First Program provides safe and affordable solar lanterns to light the homes, and energy efficient cook stoves that are environmentally friendly. You too can help. Connect with us today and alleviate poverty now.

by Patrick Kagema

The Silent Barrier: Women, Water and Sanitation

Access to sanitation and clean water is still a far-off dream for millions of women around the world.

It’s a glaring absence because women’s lives are intricately connected to water. In most of the world, they are tasked with gathering drinking water, growing household food, and caring for family members sickened by poor water.  Yet their voices are often missing in water and sanitation management discussions at local, country and international levels.

Women’s water burden is massive: collectively, more than 200 million hours a day are spent by women gathering water. This is time that is lost from school and work, but more is lost still from caring for family members sickened by water contaminated by the 2.5 billion people who do not have a toilet.

Cultural and governance problems resulting in the silencing of women are incredibly hard to fix. The issue needs both grassroots and top-down action. In West Bengal, India, a water project run by a local university and international non-governmental organizations mandated that women make up 50 percent of the local water-sanitation committee, which oversaw the maintenance of the project. Follow-up visits helped to enforce this standard.  Financing organizations and country officials need to follow suit, but also need to address issues like girls’ education, which can help prepare them for a leadership role in a water-sanitation committee.

Schools are also a place to start cultural change. Without latrines in schools, girls must miss schooling and face potential harassment while they hunt for an appropriate spot to go. Without facilities, many drop out when they start menstruating. In Sri Lanka, NetWwater builds latrines in schools which have started to induce change in the open defecation culture: girls love the latrines and demand them at home.

The issue is vital: the clean water problem is becoming direr in the face of increasing water demand and climate change, while solving the “poop problem” faces barriers due to cultural taboos, norms and the sheer size of the population that goes without toilets.

Innovations, education and cultural shifts are all needed to bring water and sanitation to the billions who need it. There are exciting opportunities to bring women to the forefront of the discussion and hear their opinions on what they and their communities need.  To learn more about women and water and sanitation, we invite you to read the first issue of the journal, take a look at ours and our partners’ online resources and join the conversation about women and water at wh2ojournal.com.

Have you been involved in a water, sanitation or community development project that included women? Does learning more about women mean you will change your water project strategy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

This post was written by Caroline D’Angelo, Editor-in-Chief of wH2O: The Journal of Gender & Water at the University of Pennsylvania and Staff Writer at Oikos and Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. Follow wH2O on Twitter @wH2OJournal and Caroline @carolineoutside.

http://www.do-good-lab.org/the-silent-barrier-women-water-and-sanitation#more-3289

Save our children! You are just a lantern away…

Solar Lanters

The sad, hard facts about the dangers of kerosene use for lighting in rural Philippines and other remote parts of the globe are most of the time difficult to comprehend. But let me break them down for you. Indoor air pollution! leading to respiratory illnesses, eye problems, poor health and infertility. High Levels of illiteracy emerging from poor school performance. These children attend the hospital more than school and can’t do their homework in the poorly lit houses. And this brings me to poverty. High kerosene costs mean little or no savings. And the short day hours due to poor night lighting means less working. The mothers or children also walk long distances through unsafe paths to go buy this kerosene. The risk of kidnapping or rape is very high and has often occurred. Fire accidents, leading to loss of lives and property make the situation no better. And the solution to all these vices you wonder…… just a solar lantern! Learn more from http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org/family-first.html

by Patrick Kagema

Solar Lanterns for California

Outdoor Activity

Wonder how it would be if there was a catastrophe like…..ahhh…. a power blackout? Well, imagine this…. folks in rural Philippines practically live in the dark! But here is a quick solution for you. You need a sustainable backup light in your vehicle, in your boat and in your bedroom. You also need a sustainable lighting source when camping or just hanging out at the beach at night. You need a Solar Lantern. Be earthquake prepared; be environmentally friendly by not using battery torches, help save our world, help save lives, and have fun doing it! Learn more at http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org

by Patrick Kagema

Environmentally friendly cookstoves

Prakti CookstoveSmoke from traditional wood cookstoves and open fires kills 1.9 million people every year. These cookstoves are unnecessarily costly to run, harm the local and global environment, and constitute a daily burden for women; fetching firewood every day, with toddlers hanging on their chest, a bucket of water on her head and a load of firewood on her back! The solution.…the Prakti cookstove. Our stoves consistently reduce household fuel consumption by over 40% and drastically reduce toxic emissions by 40% to 80% compared to traditional stoves. They are durable and strong. Learn more at http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org today!

by Patrick Kagema

Cookstove and BBQ Event!

Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation

Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation is hosting a discussion on the health, economic and environmental consequences of open pit cooking.  Leading the discussion and product demonstration is Dr. Mouhsine Serra CEO and Founder of Prakti Design stoves of India.  He will demonstrate the high efficient design concepts of his stoves that produce one of the most efficient stoves directed at the bottom of the pyramid.

The event includes light BBQ finger food and light refreshments. The $20 admission also provides each attendee with a FREE solar powered lantern. These lanterns like the stoves are designed for the bottom of the pyramid directed at alleviating poverty. REEF distributes these stoves and lanterns no charge in developing countries like the Philippines to families nominated as living in extreme poverty with monthly incomes of $15.

Join us in a garden setting on August 5, from 3pm – 5pm to learn how REEF and Prakti Design stoves teamed up to make a difference to families living in extreme poverty. Click on the picture for more information.

by Ralph Chesley