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CDi is a Member of 1% For The Planet
We are excited and grateful to have been added to the non-profit member organizations of 1% For the Planet. This is an exciting platform and a way to match socially and environmentally conscious companies with deserving non-profits. Here is to forging partnership!
CDi | Miles of Trees joins Climate Ride
For the second time since 2012, CDi's Miles of Trees will be featured as one of 60+ eligible beneficiary initiatives of Climate Ride 2014! Register for any Climate Ride event for an unforgettable experience. Be sure to join our participating teams or select us as your chosen beneficiary charity. We are excited and can't wait for Climate Ride Midwest, September 6 - 9, from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL. More about Miles of Trees and our calendar of rides for all experience levels.
"A Better Haiti" Team Returns from Leogane
The second annual "Better Haiti" Youth Arts Contest took place in Leogane during the first week in August. Check out the pictures and learn about the program, preview and reserve your copy of our 2015 Wall Calendar featuring drawings and designs by participating youth who were asked to reflect on "How I Can Make a Difference in Haiti".
"Rising From Ashes" Screening
Our joint event with GYC - Global Youth Connect at Bwe Kafe in Hoboken was very well received by a captivated audience. We learned about GYC's work in Rwanda, as well as about the recent "Better Haiti" Arts Contest and CDi's Miles of Trees program. A great event with a few images to share.
Haiti Benefit Concert with Monvelyno
On February 1, Bwe Kafe in Hoboken hosted this wonderful evening of music, art, food & wine. The room was packed and the audience provided great energy for this event. Thanks to everyone who came and for enjoying yourselves. If you missed it, click here to see why you don't want to miss out again next time.
Partnership with Danish Forestry Extension
CDi and the Danish Forestry Extension (DFE) have signed a multi-year partnership agreement. The partners voluntarily associate themselves to cooperate in various ways related to forest and sustainable land use practices. Learn more about DFE.
Start Something Challenge 2013
Thanks to everyone who watched our competition entry video. By the first-round deadline on September 30 we had about 440 unique views, many of which resulted from a last-minute push. Unfortunately the view count was not enough to advance in the competition. But this WILL become our social enterprise to help local entrepreneurs and innovators with Haiti's energy poverty / deforestation problems. For background and your viewing pleasure, we have a longer version of the video right here.
CDi co-hosts Community Health Fair in Mexico
Elena "Bibi" Yureneva, CDi Board Member and Medical Doctor has launched a community health initiative and relationship with a school in Yucatan, Mexico. This past October she and her team visited the community for the second time this year co-hosting a Community Health Fair for students and their families. Read more, see pictures...
Youth Arts Project in Leogane
CDi has teamed up with Ms. Karen Chung to organize this event which took place on December 8, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY. This was CDi's final event for the year, and we are certain you had a great time celebrating with us! Live Music, Food & Drink Specials, Silent Auction and more to raise $5,000 + for "A Better Haiti". Event pictures. Karen's team has since visited Leogane and set the foundations to work with local partners on the 2014 Youth Arts Contest, scheduled for August 2014.
CDi & Konpay visit the University of Kentucky
In September Board Member Dillon Nichols facilitated a one week cross-departmental visit to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Joe Duplan of Konpay, Guypson Catalis and Matthias Resch gave lectures, met with students and faculty, demonstrated the carbonization process, and engaged with various entities on support and collaboration. The Center for Applied Energy Research is conducting laboratory tests on Konpay's Haitian and CDi's Virginian biochar briquettes. Click here for a video and article coming out of this visit.
Clean Cook Stove Completed l Dinner & Exhibit on the Farm, July 27th
Guypson Catalis, our Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange participant, has helped us complete construction of this outdoor cook stove. It was used for the very first time for our Progress & Regress Exhibit and Dinner on the Farm. Click on the picture for more images. The next step on Guypson's agenda: Construction of a kiln and a biomass briquette press to support Energy Alternatives Programs in Haiti!
Farmer-to-Farmer Program to Launch in July
Guypson Catalis, 28, is a fourth year agronomy student from Les Cayes in Haiti. He will joining CDi this summer in Virginia at the organic educational farm. He will also visit New York City and Kentucky before returning home to complete his studies. Read more. Guypson is building an outdoor stove, a kiln and a briquette press for biomass briquettes made and used right on the farm.
Tree Planting Festival in Cyvadier, Haiti
In March of 2013, CDi planted the first 1,000 trees from its Miles of Trees Program! Together with our partners, we planted citrus and avocado trees in the surrounds of Cyvadier. Supported by the JDS Youth Group, and sourcing trees from our partners at Konpay who operate a small tree nursery, we are very excited to see Miles of Trees in action not on the road but in the field. Please help us in our quest to plant 2,000 trees next year. Read more about the "Festival Plante Byebwa" here.