Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
Our Training Centre will start 1 week classes with hands on instructions for stove assembling, processing biofuel for their fuel and creating self-sustaining businesses.
They will also learn how their business will conserve resources and produce more food to sell more stoves.
We plan to train 5 people who will come from villages throughout Haiti (2 women and 3 men per team).
It will have nurseries for trees and produce with fertile soil made from stoves biochar, waste vegetation and humanure.
This facility will be run by Haitians trained under the guidance and help of experts from Haiti Reconstruction International and FHS.
Our training will be more than just stove assembly and finding fuel for them.
Students must understand our long term plan and understand how everything we will be doing fits together as it is permaculture designed.
Meaning that everything we use are natural solutions, just using God's creations that would naturally return the soil and hillsides back to paradise. We just design how and where to use plants in a way to help man. This solution is not only the least expensive and saves time and energy, it also is the best and only viable solution.
Our Stove Project is the first step to give Haiti a rebirth; it will eliminate the need for charcoal. It will allow trees to grow, which will bring moisture to the ground and oxygen to the air.
Our stoves are very unique in that they not only burn cleanly but they produce charcoal. This is not the same as burning entire trees for charcoal since that process loses up to 85% of the energy value of the tree when it is turned into charcoal. We are using all the energy of the wood or biomass in stoves as it is burning off just the fumes or gases while leaving the charcoal. This charcoal is valuable as fuel but even more valuable in the ground.
We also plan on using vetiver grass compacted into pellets. These pellets can be easily sold and transported by the same people who were making a living at making charcoal, except they are clean and the fuel is renewable.
Vetiver grass can be cut 2 or 3 times a year for tons of fuel saving the trees. But the real value is to have vetiver planted in hedgerows that will not only stop erosion but makes its own terraces while sediments and leaves are strained behind the hedge. This soil will be the most fertile and it currently goes into the ocean.
We are also training these teams to run a self-sustaining business that will help the economy of their villages and Haiti. There will also be a lot of commerce made from the fuel grown in country and those who will process it.
Click Curriculum docx to see our curriculum for the training courses we plan, they are not complete and may change but this gives you an idea of what we want taught to make sure they will succeed.
Our stoves are first developed for the rural areas which has more available biomass
fuel. The best biomass fuel for stoves is denser biological material like wood. We want plant fast growing trees for multiple purposes; nitrogen fixing for the soil, protein for people, animals and for fuel for stoves. By planting Benzolive and Leucaena we accomplish a lot but these trees need to be kept short to let sun shine on the grass and increase in biomass per hectare.
When trees are only a few years old the stems are harvested and the biomass produced tends to have a relatively high proportion of bark for better combustion.