During my last trip to Haiti I visited sites in the south near Les Cayes preparing to work on a project with UNEP (United Nations Energy Program) that will begin this summer. We, Sirona, will partner with EarthSpark International in a program funded by the government of Norway to provide options of affordable light to people living beyond the grid power of the towns. In brief, we will open "Energy Stores" along the Les Cayes grid to bring power to those who have no access to electricity in their homes. The trip took us from Port au Prince down to Port Salut which is, by the way, a stunning place to stay.
Through our ever growing network of references we were able to connect with strong community leaders in the Cayes and Cavaillon areas who are both enthusiastic about the programs we work on, and anxious to get started helping us get light into homes. Working with leaders like these allows us to ensure success. Empowering local people to bring light to their community, said simply, works.
Another great help was the local EDH office. EDH is the national utility. We are regularly asked about our relationship with EDH and the answer is that the relationship is a good one. We provide service where EDH cannot, and we are mobile and can easily move our operations as EDH increased its reach.
We compliment one another rather than compete.
Our last trip was very successful. A trip full of fact finding and the adventure that is traveling through rural Haiti.