Summer (in USA) 2012
Planning has begun for a new group of students to do a basic project, despite the continued lack of a proper work space. Funds are limited at this time, so part of the challenge will be to come up with ideas to test that could be made at a project cost of ten dollars (US) per cooker or less. The board of our sister organization in Africa has voted to accept the principles of our document detailing the steps of a basic project. Once students have done a basic project, they are encouraged to come up with new ideas, but each student must complete the steps of a basic project before moving on to advanced work.
Special visitor Cathy Coyte learned so much during her visit that she was awarded a Certificate of Achievement!
Our pilot program in Kenya had a special visitor recently, a woman named Cathy Coyte from San Francisco, who is connected with an organization called Spirit in Action. Cathy is interested in solar cooking and wanted to learn what Camily, Gaudenziah, and The Team were up to. By the end of her day’s visit, Cathy had learned to construct more than one kind of solar cooker, how to use them, and had helped to run tests cooking food in the cookers. Everyone had a good time teaching the visitor and sampling the foods produced in the session, and Cathy was presented with a smart yellow Certificate of Achievement, for successfully completing a solar cooking science project. Go Cathy and welcome to The Team! Cathy will be moving to the outskirts of Eldoret soon, to open a small Internet cafe, so we hope she will be a regular visitor to the science projects, to help keep us in touch with happenings there. Here is an album of Cathy’s visit with The Team.
1/30/12 – Sister Organization Registers in Kenya
Thanks to our support team, the sister organization that is running pilot program in Eldoret, Kenya is now registered with the Kenyan government. This organization also has a bank account of its own now, to facilitate handling funds while maintaining accountability. There was even enough in the transfer to purchase a few much-needed tools, so that work on prototypes can continue while we try to broaden our support base to fund more complete projects in a better facility. Please tell your friends and family about our unique projects. We are already making a difference, but the more support we have, the more difference we can make!
1/3/12 – Funds Transfer Completed
A modest funds transfer will make it possible for our sister organization in Kenya to register with their government, open a bank account to facilitate fund raising and accountability, and purchase some tools to help with prototype work. Thank you to our support team for making this possible. Working together, we can give these smart young people and their families a brighter future.