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Sirona and Aid Still Required: Haiti Field Trip

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We welcomed a visit from Hunter and Andrea Payne, founders of Aid Still Required, to the Jatropha farms in southern Haiti last month.  ASR has partnered with Sirona to support expansion of the Jatropha program and support the farming communities that grow Jatropha for biofuel and alternative charcoal.  Deforestation is Haiti’s biggest problem and this program reforests, creates clean energy sources and improves the lives of the small farmers that participate in the program.  It’s  triple win.  Our lead Agronomist Saint Jean led us around farms and nurseries to see the program and understand the farmers that participate.

Prior to the farming visit Michelle and Gilbert were able to visit ASR’s meditation program in Les Cayes and witness how their work improves the lives for people living in extreme poverty in disenfranchised communities.  ASR programs focus on health, empowerment and post trauma therapy in Port Jeremie in City Soleil and near Les Cayes.  The trip was a great opportunity for two organizations to visit each others programs and see first hand all of the good work that is occurring in Haiti.

Welcome to Sirona’s New Site!

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IMG_4377Welcome to the new Sirona website!  We have been blessed by the generosity of the talented people at LOOK Agency who worked for months to create this beautiful new site for us.  It is incredibly exciting to see our story told with clarity and cohesion, and we hope you enjoy visiting often to watch our progress.

As a nonprofit it’s tough to balance the need for tools like a beautiful website, and the expense of such a site, when you are managing donor funds.  By donating this site LOOK has not only provided us with a critical tool, but also kept donor funds flowing towards the programs that change lives by bringing energy in developing countries.   We are very grateful to the brilliant LOOK team and our amazing volunteer Kim who brought our story to life here.  Watching the site go live was a thrill I will remember always, and I hope that a bit of Haitian art will help the team remember the good that they have done as well.

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Impact Study Undertaken in Haiti

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IMG_4229The impact of adding light to homes without energy access is difficult to quantify.  There are obvious health benefits when electric light replaces noxious kerosene lanterns, the fumes of which are equivalent to 40 cigarettes per day to the people in the home.  There are educational benefits, we know that children can study more; we know that commerce can continue into the evening hours, that birthrates drop, and that lifestyles can be enhanced by radios, increased communications, etc.  The popularity of our program tells us that it makes life “better”, but what we needed to understand was exactly how it is better, and how much better. more

Webinar Panelist: Towards Energy Access in Haiti

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IMG_8736The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, hosted a January 16th webinar to showcase work underway in Haiti to support energy access using off-grid renewable energy. more

Silver Jefferson Award Winner: Michelle Lacourciere

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On November 6, 2013 San Francisco’s CBS local station KPIX, selected Sirona’s Founding Director as a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award Jefferson Award Winner: Michelle Lacourciere « CBS San Francisco.   more

Sirona’s Year at a Glance: 2013

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As the year ends our team wishes to thank all of our donors and supporters.  It has been another amazing year for Sirona full of challenges and accomplishments. more