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Haiti Again! Solar Cooking Success!

by Joan Conover
(Smithfield, VA)

This was a tremendously successful voyage to Haiti.
Not only to install green energy (30 ! Thirty) solar array panels, inverters, batteries which were donated, but also introducing for the first time the concept of solar cooking. Six solar cooker kits designed from information on your site were sent.

The photos show the results.

The next step, have just received the plans from Ravindra Pardeshi, for the Parvati Cooker at

They sent FULL sized plans for the Parvati Cooker, which we hope to try next fall with the next boats traveling to the island of Haiti, some to La Gonave and others to Isla Veche.

Its a major step forward for these wonderful people, and your efforts on Solar Cooker at Cantinawest have made a real difference. See the previous post on Haiti Assistance for more of the story of the Sailors Without Borders. We can carry critical items to out of way locations.


Greetings again Joan,

I am very glad to hear back from you again and to hear that the voyage and efforts were a great success. I have to say that it truly is inspiring to hear of as well as see many of the great results from the efforts of you and the members of your organization.
I'm glad to hear that the good people at the Parvati Solar cooker site are involved as well, it is a very good solar cooker.
Keep up the great work and please do keep us posted.


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Jun 13, 2011
Haiti, One more Step to Success
by: Joan

Just an update to the Haiti efforts, OceansWatches, Donna Lange, is taking the plans for the Parvati Solar Cooker, making a test cooker of cardboard and foil, then transporting the kit to Haiti, La Gonave--THIS MONTH. She will sail her boat which completed a solo circumnavigation to Haiti from Miami, leaving in a week. We hope to have more information and photos from her efforts. One thing of great interest to Oceanswatch, is a flat kit form, which could be produced in India under the guidance of Parvati. Its a win win for both organizations if it happens--and OceanWatch sends boat worldwide as well. AAEHaiti ( will also use the prototype and kits--to go with their new internet cafe business, and schools. "A voyage starts with one step"---Sailors Without Borders, Joan

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