As we approach the one year anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation of Haiti on January 12th, we are forced to reflect on the progress that has been made in the last twelve months.
It seems that while some improvement has been made, Haiti continues to face overwhelming challenges. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with half of Haitians living on less than a dollar per day.
Unfortunately, Haiti’s economic crisis is exacerbated by the lack of access to clean and efficient energy. EarthSpark International is committed to empowering communities by eradicating energy poverty, and is especially focused on doing so in rural communities of Haiti. Recently EarthSpark partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative to distribute thousands of solar-powered lamps to women and families affected by the earthquake, and in 2009 they developed and funded a clean energy store in the rural town of Les Anglais.
EarthSpark remains committed to empowering individuals and communities by providing green alternatives to costly, inefficient energy. Allison Archambault, President of EarthSpark International, recently elaborated on the organization’s mission and projects in Haiti in an interview on NPR’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show. We encourage you to listen:http://thekojonnamdishow.org/audio-player?nid=18092.
Allison Archambault, along with Grameen Foundation’s Sharlene Brown and Oikocredit Executive Director Terry Provance, will be hosting Oikocredit USA’s upcoming Party on January 21, 2011 at the One Lounge in Washington DC. During this event, the hosts will discuss topics of microfinance and green innovation. Attendees will also have the chance to hear more about EarthSpark’s work in Haiti. Please join us for this exciting opportunity! For more information and to RSVP to this event, click HERE.