Art Creation Foundation For Children in Jacmel is, in a sense, a client and colleague organization. As well, I personally am a suppoter. I am delighted to know and work with PPA, for their knowledge, willingness to share and collaborate, and for their genuine concern for the people in Haiti with whom we also work. We are emissaries for each other's organizations and a part of the whole that we wish for tomorrow.
The PPAF unlike lots of other groups i have seen, actually delivers a useful and important service to people who need it most. PPAF helps provide ethanol stoves (among other things) to groups in the most impoverished parts of the world -- Haiti, Africa, etc. Preventing women and girls from COPD, being attacked in bush looking for oher fuel sources, etc. I have been amazed at the dedication and sincerity of the group and its members and volunteers.
In my experience with PPAF, I have seen their work expand to incorporate organizations beyond their UN origins. This diversification in partners has made PPAF increasingly effective in achieving their poverty reduction goals. The current cookstoves project has real potential to impact households and have large scale results. PPAF's ventures into the world of social media show their commitment to working in a rapidly globalizing world.
I have been a pro bono "senior fellow" at PPAF for several years and have witnessed the foundation's evolution. They have moved from being primarily an organizer of conferences into becoming an important facilitator between development projects and business. Much of this work has been done most recently in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
PPAF has had a focus on finding alternative energy solutions for the developing world. From several early conferences of experts at the UN, they have assembled expertise in the field which has helped them to implement their "clean cookstove" initiative which is helping Haiti with a more environmentally healthful alternative to current cookstoves.
In addition, they have enlisted a Haitian-American business group, SimACT, to assist in restoration and economic development of a historically significent town (UNESCO Listed) which has been partially damaged by the earthquake. Projects which have been identified are now in the process of implementation.
Other reviewers have rightfully praised the Public-Private Alliance Foundation for its work supporting sustainable development and the UN Millennium Goals by fostering public and private sector cooperation. Equally important, though less visible, is PPAF's success in preparing the next generation of development leaders through its Intern, Associate, and Fellow positions.
I interned with PPAF as a graduate student. While there, Executive Director Dr. David Stillman personally ensured that the work I performed directly enhanced my existing skills while exposing me to new skills, experiences, and networking opportunities. Throughout tasks and projects, he always patiently explained how the work I was doing fit into the broader context of both PPAF's and the international community's development efforts. As a result, PPAF is preparing its Interns, Associates, and Fellows to enter the workforce with the practical skills necessary to succeed and the deeper understanding of development necessary to lead, ensuring that its contributions will continue well into the next generation.
PPAF seeks to align the interest of community, government, and business towards providing sustainable economic and business opportunities to help people in poverty.
I was drawn to PPAF because of this sensible, noble mission. I have enjoyed my experience so far working with the organization and at times rubbing elbows with diplomats and other luminaries. People care about making a difference, which is great.
I look forward to an improved online presence and a way for PPAF to assess it's effectiveness for everyone to see.
The Public Private Alliance Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit that is empowering Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Madagascar and other countries by promoting and exploring environmentally friendly solutions. From the standpoint of a volunteer bookkeeper, I am amazed at how much good has been done with how little.