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January 2012 Newsletter
Happy New Year! We are off to a busy start in 2012 at StoveTeam International. Here's what we've been up to this month:
Introducing Our Newest Member
We are excited to introduce you to our new administrator, Elly Seelye, who began working with us at the beginning of January. Elly spent the last four years working in environmental education and fund development in California and Oregon. A graduate of University of Oregon, she's very happy to be back in Eugene.
Elly has studied Spanish in Mexico and Ecuador and loves traveling, especially in Latin America! We are happy to have Elly on board and look forward to working with her.
March (Trip) Madness!We are in the process of planning two volunteer trips back-to-back in March. One group of StoveTeam volunteers will travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to visit our newest factory (owners Deyanira and Eric Ramirez shown at right) and help with various projects. Volunteers will conduct Kitchen Performance Tests, assist with construction projects, and distribute stoves to families. This trip is currently full, but we are exploring a second trip to San Miguel de Allende in July. if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for March or are interested in the summer trip, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A second group will be traveling to Copan Ruinas, Honduras, at the end of March. The volunteers are University of Oregon students participating in an alternative spring break service learning trip through the Holden Leadership Center. Students will visit families who received stoves on our last trip to Honduras to find out how their new stoves are working and complete the Kitchen Performance Tests.
Nancy Hughes to Attend Opportunity Collaboration
StoveTeam's founder Nancy Sanford Hughes has been selected to be a delegate to the Opportunity Collaboration's 2012 conference in Ixtapa, Mexico in October. This 'Poverty Alleviation Un-Conference' brings together non-profit leaders, for-profit social entrepeneurs, and grant makers working for economic justice worldwide.
Thank You Allen Hall
StoveTeam was one of two organizations selected to receive pro bono work from University of Oregon's student-run public relations firm Allen Hall. Interns Krista Detwiler, Kevin Kennedy, and Nicole Hyslop did a fantastic job organizing and publicizing a recent event at King Estate Winery honoring Nancy Hughes, who was awarded the $100,000 Purpose Prize in December.
StoveTeam staff and volunteers will be attending and presenting at the international ETHOS conference in Kirkland, Washington at the end of January.