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Dear friends -  we are proud to announce a new honor for PGI Director Harry Stokes and bring you news of a Norweigan University-led research workshop Addis.  
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PGI Director Harry Stokes Honored with Eisenhower Humanitarian Award

PA Rotary Presents Harry Stokes with Prestigious Award

Oct 28, 2013 

PGI Co-Founder and Executive Director Harry Stokes was presented the 2013 Eisenhower Humanitarian Award by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for his leadership of the global clean fuel initiative Project Gaia, Inc.
 
The award’s significance goes beyond just its namesake. President Eisenhower was actually the first to receive this award more than four decades ago in California, and less than ten individuals have been honored with it since. The award was re-established in Pennsylvania in 2002 by Gettysburg Rotarians in honor of the 103rd anniversary of Eisenhower’s day of birth.  

 
                              

Above: Ken Farabaugh and Gettysburg Rotary Club President David Laughman       present Harry with the Eisenhower Humanitarian Award.

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While Eisenhower is remembered as a WWII general and a stern leader, the award reflects President Eisenhower’s equally committed interest in making the world a better place. Harry accepted the award with a speech at the Rotary luncheon about PGI’s mission, as well as its successes and challenges over the years.
 
Harry, who won the high-level
World Bioenergy Award in 2012, said of Project Gaia, "If we continue to make the progress I think we will, one day we will have a world class organization right here in Gettysburg." 
 
                             

              Above: Harry with Gaia team member and fellow Rotarian Mekdes Ijigu.

Upon acceptance of the award, Harry became a
Paul Harris Fellow, an honor from Rotary International for those who have made a  "tangible and significant assistance for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world."
 
For his achievements, Harry also received citations from the PA House of Representatives and Senator Richard Alloway II, with the message that, "the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania congratulates Harry Stokes upon his richly deserved recognition; affirmatively states that he is a shining example of community spirit whose many contributions are worthy of deep gratitude and respect.”

                                         
Above: Susan Eisenhower, President of Eisenhower Group. Photo credit to susaneisenhower.com
 
Perhaps the most humbling moment for Stokes was a personal letter from Susan Eisenhower, President Eisenhower’s granddaughter and political consultant, commending Harry for representing Eisenhower’s ideas about service work in a tangible way. The letter read, "What I have heard of Project Gaia reminds me that visionaries with a practical bent can change the world--are changing the world.”
 
The award serves to recognize an individual’s outstanding humanitarian service and positive influence to the betterment of humanity locally or globally. 

Help support Project Gaia so we can continue to make the kind of achievements that have earned us the Eisenhower Humanitarian Award, the Ashden Award and other distinctions! 

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Snapshots of the presentations and discussions at the NUST and Gaia Association Workshop held on October 15, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Gaia Association Present Research on Energy Alternatives in Refugee Camps
 
October 15, 2013 – Jupiter Hotel, Addis Ababa
 
A research team from the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) conducted a study in Sept 2013 in the UNHCR refugee camps near Jijiga where Gaia Association operates its flagship stove and fuel program. The research aimed to assess sources of energy supplementary to ethanol for households and involved interviews of refugees, regional, state and local administrators as well as selected host community members. On October 15, 2013, the NTNU team prepared a stakeholders workshop to present their findings, using the Gaia Association program as a case study.
 
Based on their findings, the NTNU team recommended that biogas from human waste serve as a potential supplementary energy source in and around Jijiga. Gaia currently serves 40,000 refugees (3,500+ households) with ethanol stove and fuel provision, but there is much room to scale in up the vast refugee camps where local energy sources are scarce to non-existent. Therefore, the NTNU team pushed for the option of biogas and suggested the establishment of a biogas plant at Jijiga and set up of a transport scheme to reach the remote camps.
 
Workshop participants included representatives from the Administration of Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA),
UNHCR, UNHR Innovation (Geneva), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HoAREC), the Former Women Fuelwood Carriers Association (FWFCA) and Mekelle University. Participants provided valuable feedback, including a recommendation from ARRA that refugee camps that are further inland may have even a more urgent need for biogas given the exacerbated resource scarcity. 
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