Event: AIDG Annual Meeting This Sunday (May 3, 2009)!

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Dear Friend!

I'd like to invite you to AIDG's Annual Meeting occurring this Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 5-7PM!

Come find out what your help has allowed us to do in the first part of 2009. If you weren't able to make our holiday party in December, you don't want to miss this.

AIDG founder, Peter Haas, will give you a lively rundown of our programs in Haiti and Guatemala. On the Haiti front, we have the results from Konkou Biznis Ayiti, our very first business plan competition to commercialize biogas in Northern Haiti. From the 16 teams that entered, we have our winner. Find out how they plan to convert waste into a clean burning fuel and fertilizer this Sunday.

For more info visit http://konkoubiznisayiti.com

Our Guatemala program is currently undergoing a radical transformation. We are completely upgrading our R&D facility so that we can better design technologies that meet the needs of underserved communities. These changes will also allow us to collaborate with more university groups and businesses that share our mission.

The AIDG team in Guatemala is preparing for a 2nd business plan competition to take place this fall. The focus will be water, energy, and sanitation technologies.

So come join us on Sunday. Let us show you some of what we've been able to achieve with your dedicated support.

Keeping it Green,

Cat Laine

Details

Location: Weston Community Center, 20 Alphabet Lane, Weston, MA 02493
Date: Sunday, May 3rd
Time: 5PM – 7PM

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Light refreshments will be served.

Snapshots from the field

The 5 finalist teams for AIDG's biogas business plan competition, Konkou Biznis Ayiti

The 5 finalist teams for AIDG's biogas business plan competition, Konkou Biznis Ayiti. Over the course of one week, these teams went through an intensive series of training sessions to help them refine their business concept. We'll be announcing the contest winner at the end of the week.

Sakis Decossard of Own Energy, Peter Haas and Catherine Laine of AIDG after all long day's training session with the contest's finalists

SakisDecossard of Own Energy, Peter Haas and Catherine Laine of AIDG after all long day's training session with the contest's finalists. I want to give a special thanks to Sakis, who traveled down to Haiti from NYC to serve as one of our judges in the competition.

3 story office and training space

The new AIDG compound: 3 story office and training space. Not shown: intern housing, garden, storage and workshop space.

Michigan State University Team and AIDG crew

AIDG Guatemala and a visiting mechanical engineering team from Michigan State University. The university team was working on a novel idea for solar refrigeration. Their ultimate aim is to improve vaccine delivery in areas with poor access to electricity and modern refrigeration technologies.

Jeb Gutelius and AIDG Board Member Benny Lee on a site visit to a XelaTeco electric distribution installation at in Guatemala.

Jeb Gutelius and AIDG Board Member Benny Lee on a site visit to La Fe in Guatemala. In 2007, XelaTeco repaired La Fe's 75 kW hydroelectric plant that serves the community and powers their agricultural machinery. The transmission lines to the right of the power house (seen above) were installed by XelaTeco this year as Phase II of the project. Phase III will be further improvement and expansion of the minigrid to homes of the community's 100 families.

Photos: Miami Herald Haiti coverage in 2008 wins Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography went to Miami Herald’s Patrick Farrell for his coverage of Haiti in 2008. His award winning photo-essay, “A People in Despair: Haiti’s year without mercy“, documents some of Haiti’s most brutal struggles.

4 of the 20 images that make up the photo-essay.

Deforested mountains funneled Tropical Storm Hannah's rainfall directly into Gonaives, flooding the town of 350,000

Deforested mountains funneled Tropical Storm Hannah’s rainfall directly into Gonaives, flooding the town of 350,000

Frantz Samedi holds the lifeless body of his 5 year old daughter, Tamasha Jean, who died when Hurricane Ike's flood waters swept children and the elderly from their homes in the small Haitian town of Cabaret

Frantz Samedi holds the lifeless body of his 5 year old daughter, Tamasha Jean, who died when Hurricane Ike’s flood waters swept children and the elderly from their homes in the small Haitian town of Cabaret

Shadows of children dance across a small tent city - temporary shelter for homeless families - in Cabaret

Shadows of children dance across a small tent city – temporary shelter for homeless families – in Cabaret

Mardoshe Thelisma cries at a funeral mass for her cousin and 90 others, who were crushed to death when the 3 story College La Promesse collapsed in Petionville outside Port-au-Prince

Mardoshe Thelisma cries at a funeral mass for her cousin and 90 others, who were crushed to death when the 3 story College La Promesse collapsed in Petionville outside Port-au-Prince

View the slideshow and listen to Farrell’s commentary. His voice quavers with the emotion of the experience. [Miami Herald]

Tweets for the Tweet (04/03/09)

AIDG on Twitter

Here are some choice tweets from the past week. Some abbreviations have been expanded for readability and to not incur the wrath of grammarians.

  1. After an intense week at our business plan/biogas workshop we’re at the penultimate day. We’re having the teams practice their pitches. Yesterday
  2. GPS coordinates for our Haiti office: 19 45.816 -72 12.021. One of our composting toilets in Shada 19 44.896 -72 12.274. * 7:48 AM Apr 1st
  3. Haiti needs jobs. With 900,000 youths coming into the job market in next five years, dismal prospects are the main threat to stability. [NYT] http://bit.ly/RvDn 8:04 AM Mar 31st
  4. Reading comments in NYTimes story about Haiti [ http://tinyurl.com/d7k5mb ], it’s clear that ppl don’t know many factors influencing family size in dev countries 😦 4:48 PM Mar 29th
  5. The most lively conversations we had yesterday with the finalists were about corruption and debt vs equity. 3:58 PM Mar 29th
  6. @nytimeskristof just did a great piece on our friends SOIL, an NGO that does composting toilets in Cap Haitien http://bit.ly/EEk4l 8:27 AM Mar 29th
  7. First day AIDG Konkou 8 hours of lecture ahead, turn on acer, no boot, bricked bios, no backup USB , thank god for core knowledge and chalk! 7:37 PM Mar 28th
  8. Not sure why the UN peacekeepers are walking around with guns at the ready today. The city seems otherwise quite calm. They’re making people nervous. 8:15 PM Mar 27th
  9. All 5 finalists in our 1st comp in Haiti were men. We need to try harder next time around to recruit female entrepreneurs.2:37 PM Mar 27th
  10. Dorit Leavitt in Guate: AIDG’s 2nd business plan competition is in the works in Guatemala. The theme is: water, energy, and sanitation!

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*Note: Satellite data for Cap Haitien is 2 years old so our projects will not be visible. 😦