PPAF Haiti Initiatives

On Thursday, October 4th, 2012, I will attend a special event to support the Public-Private Alliance Foundation with their latest Haiti initiatives. I found out about the organization less than two weeks ago and wanted to read more about their goals and objectives before promoting their work.

PPAF was created to reduce poverty in third world countries by pushing collaborations between business, community, government, education, and other interests. They have done work in the Dominican Republic and Madagascar. Their latest project is focused on Haiti, and they are hoping to make a difference in ameliorating the living conditions for the average Haitian mothers.

What is cool about the project is that they are trying to reduce the problems Haitian mothers face when they cook with charcoal by providing two types of clean cookstoves and fuels. We all hear about how many trees are cut down in Haiti every year. We hear it in songs and the news all the time. Haiti, known for its mountain tops hence the nickname, Ayiti Toma, has been suffering of deforestation for a while now. There is also the issue of respiratory health these women face every time they cook. Yes, the food is absolutely delicious when cooked this way because everything slow-cooked has more flavor, but the amount of dust and burnt wood residue is just not healthy. Ethanol fuels will be used in the cook stove, which will increase agriculture, and provide more jobs. This type of fuel is made with natural plants, and will encourage farmers to plant more.

In short, this project will reduce deforestation, provide jobs to farmers, and increase respiratory health. To find out about it, click here: http://www.ppafoundation.org/haiti.html

If you’re in New York City, join me support this project, while sipping on a Prestige.

Below is the list of the official sponsors:

“Special Guest” Selvish Capers of the NY Giants

Haitian Consulate

Prestige Beer


Fleurimond Catering

Good Girl PR

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6 Comments on PPAF Haiti Initiatives

  1. tifoli
    September 25, 2012 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

    What time is the event?

  2. tifoli
    September 25, 2012 at 9:48 am (4 years ago)

    I am always very skeptical of these programs not because Haiti would not need it (we do) but because none of them has fully tackle the problem. Currently Total is doing the same project. Charcoal cost money and people would want to switch to something else but I think it should be done gradually because there is no way the shift will happen overnight. I am actually quite interested to hear what they have to say but I do expect the same old speech on how to “save” us from calamity.

    • findingpaola
      September 25, 2012 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

      I completely understand and agree. When I came across the organization, I was skeptical too, and I’m not saying that I’m 100% confident of their work either since I don’t work for them. I just liked what I read about their mission. I also scanned their website entirely and liked that they featured everyone who has worked for them, including volunteers. Not a lot of non-profits do that.
      I’m also looking forward to speak with the organizers at the event to learn more. One can only hope that the money is going where it’s needed, but there’s a way it can be monitored. If we all become so skeptical that we don’t volunteer or donate to any organizations in fear that no one will get help, we will never be able to help anyone unless we all start our own non-profits. And once we start our own, no one will support because they will similarly be skeptical of our work. One can only hope and monitor these organizations with a close-eye. Ask for numbers, and stay constantly updated on how the progress is moving along.
      I’m still looking for the right organization to volunteer for, and who knows? They might be it. We’ll see!
      The event is from 6-8PM.

      • tifoli
        September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm (4 years ago)

        i got class at that time :-( I really wanted to come….

        • findingpaola
          September 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm (4 years ago)

          Next time! On October, I’m hosting a shopping/wine event at a cool thrift store in East Village. You’re invited! <3

  3. td
    September 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm (4 years ago)

    fun fun!


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