On Thursday, October 4, 2012, Resource Furniture partnered with the Public-Private Alliance Foundation for a fundraiser and silent auction to promote their most recent Haiti initiatives. David Stillman, Executive Director of PPAF introduced their clean-cook stoves and fuels that they are trying to made widely available in Haiti to help improve the health and overall lifestyle of lower class Haitians.
The majority of Haitians cook with charcoal; a method of cooking that severely hurts the environment in Haiti in number of ways. Cooking with charcoal not only deteriorates the respiratory health of the many that use it, but adds to the issue of deforestation in the country. Cutting down so many trees leaves the land vulnerable to landslides and other natural disasters. PPAF’s mission is to help improve respiratory health, battle deforestation, and support farming and small business. The project is still in elementary stages. The founders are available to answer any questions, and need all the support they can get.
Sponsored by Vedere, Fleurimond Catering, and Selvish Capers of the NY Giants, the event was an amazing turnout. I was able to speak with Dayanne Danier, fashion designer and founder of Bien Abiye, and Ester Lafontant, founder of Amour Creole Magazine. I met with Christian Turnier, founder of Vedere, LLC. The Consulate General of Haiti, Charles Antoine Forbin, also made an appearance to support the project.
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