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First Quarter, 2010


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A Letter from the Founders
Dear Friends,
In the weeks following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, EarthSpark received over one hundred donations for our relief efforts from donors like you. For a small organization, we took this as an overwhelming vote of confidence in our ability to make a difference in people’s lives. As of April 30, EarthSpark had purchased 3,000 solar lamps, all of which have been successfully distributed in camps throughout Port-au-Prince and other affected areas...

Welcome to Allison Archambault, EarthSpark's New President!
EarthSpark International has hired Allison to run the organization’s day-to-day operations and management. Allison comes to EarthSpark with a background in clean technology and business. She was formerly Business Liaison Director for 3TIER, Inc., a renewable energy resource assessment and forecasting company. Allison has also worked in U.S. grid-tied residential solar and residential demand management and in rural solar electrification in the Caribbean and West Africa. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University...

Solar Lighting Relief for Women in Camps
Nearly four months after the earthquake, the security situation in camps in Haiti remains poor. Gangs and opportunists have hijacked the aid distribution system in some areas, charging high prices or demanding sex in exchange for access to aid. Civil society in these areas, which were labeled “red zones” by international groups shortly after the earthquake, are only now beginning to be engaged by international relief organizations...

Clean Energy Franchise Update
This week, EarthSpark officially opens its first clean energy store. The store, based in Les Anglais, will sell clean and efficient energy products, impacting an area of over 50,000 inhabitants. We will also begin our preliminary marketing activities, placing advertisements on the radio, and meeting with groups like farmers’ associations to invite them to the store. EarthSpark and COREA, the local community organization in charge of store operations, will make visits to local manufacturers and distributers of clean and efficient energy products in order to make inventory purchases that will supplement the solar energy systems already en route to the store...