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January 2010

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In SmallTalk this month ...

Lovers reunited


Carping on


Amazing cooking



Dear Supporter

I was shocked and saddened by the recent events in Haiti - read our concerns in the blogs posted by myself and my colleagues. I saw some of the post-tsunami devastion in Sri Lanka and can only imagine what the  Haitian people are now facing. Although we do not supply emergency relief, we have many years experience in disaster risk reduction, and will be offering support to aid agencies. We have already made our technical information available on our website. If you'd like to know more about our plans do get in touch.

For a more heartwarming view of life, as we near Valentine's Day, we're bringing you these stories of love and hope.

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A Nepalese love story

When Mahima Ghrati's husband was forced to leave Shanti-tole and seek work in India, she thought her heart would break and she'd never see him again. Find out how we reunited them â€¦â€¦

Breeding happiness

Khodeja Begum had nothing, but now she's a budding enterpreneur through our fish breeding programme. She's managed to buy her family a cow, and rear chickens and ducks for their eggs. See her story in  this heart-warming video

Farming in harmony

Noel Zune, a farmer in the Mbire district of Zimbabwe, gains higher prices for his livestock these days. With our help, he can now live by the motto, "Harvests to the people and fodder for the cattle". Find out how.

"Hearty" Cooking 

The Fireless Cooker is so simple and yet has transformed so many lives. Discover why this device has brought happiness to Rose, a 26-year-old Kenyan widow. By spending just £16, you can provide two families with a fireless cooker for Valentines Day.

After I heard Rose's heart-warming story late last year, I was curious to find out how much time you would be spending in the kitchen on Christmas Day. Most of respondents (60%) spent up to two hours preparing the festive meal,  30% spent up to five hours, while just a minority of 10% spent even longer. Imagine how life would be if we had to spend hours just to collect fuel wood.  Thankfully the fireless cooker frees Rose from this daily drudgery.  

with best wishes,

Margaret Gardner
Communications Director

P.S. Next month, I will be blogging about our much anticipated meeting with our patron, HRH Prince Charles. We're excited by the opportunity to discuss our plans to highlight how renewable energy is helping people out of poverty. 


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