Bill and Nancy Jordan joined fifth graders at a Yonkers public school in their marathon event to benefit Let’s Share the Sun!
Check out Bill on TV here: http://yonkerspublicschools.org/1112news-Pulaski-Go-Green.php
Our first local Let’s Share the Sun Foundation Fundraiser was a huge success. On October 15th, 2011, over one hundred people gathered at Pat’s Barn in the Rennselear Technology Park to celebrate the mission of the Let’s Share the Sun Foundation. We raised $4,250. which will be dedicated to the completion of the solar electrification of the Quanaminthe School. This donation will make a concrete sustainable difference in the lives of these students and the larger community.
Richard Hansen, the President of Soluz, returned to Haiti on October 17th, just two days after our event, and shared ten of the sponsored lanterns with the students from the Quanaminthe school. This is what makes us different. As a small nonprofit with strong working partners in Haiti, we can ensure that your generous donations will reach Haitian people quickly.
Thank you so much to all who attended or donated! You helped light up the lives of these young students.
This Thursday, September 1, 2011, Kevin Spahn and Brad Couri will be hosting a golf outing, cocktail hour and dinner at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois. This event will include a silent auction. The proceeds from this event will go in part to Let’s Share the Sun. If you are interested in hearing more information, please contact Christina Banuelos at (630) 458-7042, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very pleased to report that our two latest installations (sixteen panels at the Notre Dame Haiti Program Residence Filariose and two at a mountain community school) were both successful! We are thankful to everyone who has made this possible, especially Mr. Richard Hansen of Soluz, Mr. Jensen Auguste, Fr. Tom Streit and each and every person who donated to our cause. We could not be more proud of the work that was done!
Our trip to Haiti is amazing. Never before have I witnessed such poverty, devastation, resourcefulness, brokenness, faith, hope and beauty all in one week. There is so much need here one is lost to know where we can begin to help. As I sat in my mosquito tent last night, I prayed to God with so many questions, tears, gratitude, and awe.
Why is it that the poorest country in the Western hemisphere had to suffer such a devastating earthquake on Jan 12th?
From where do the Haitian people find their strength to go on, to pick up the rubble, and rebuild their houses, schools, hospitals, roads, churches, and lives?
One of our translators today told us that he believes that although the earthquake brought so much pain, death, and suffering, many blessings have emerged; before the people were not united and now they see themselves as one people. The immediate days after the earthquake, if you had food or water you immediately shared with your neighbor and that spirit of sharing has persisted.
Over and over I hear “Yes, we need solar energy in Haiti. The sun is abundant in Haiti and we have great hope we will rebuild our country.” When I saw 24 car batteries attached to a generator outside of the Notre Dame Research Center today I said to myself, this is a concrete and practical way we can make a difference.
The Lets Share the Sun Foundation is committed to bringing solar energy to Haiti in 2011 and I am passionate about working together to make it happen.
We will be holding an evening fundraiser event at Pat’s Barn in the Rensselaer Technology Park on October 15, 2011. We look forward to sharing photos and videos from our July 2011 install in Leogane, as well as holding a small silent auction. Invitations will be sent out via ground mail and email within the next couple weeks. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending or helping in any way! As always, we greatly appreciate any type of contribution or support.
The second phase of our installation of solar panels in the Notre Dame Center in Leogane, Haiti is set for July 25, 2011. A few members of our team, including Co-Founder Nancy Brennan-Jordan, will be traveling to Leogane to document this exciting event. We are very grateful for the many contributions that made this possible!