What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
After 6 years of growing a profitable, scalable, innovative, culturally integrated, employee-ownership-based, developmental business and educational alliance, we find the concepts of “challenges/opportunities” more applicable than “barriers.” Circumstances, and how we address them, will determine whether the continued development of FdS happens more quickly or more slowly. Circumstances in the US will determine the number of schools and universities involved in our curriculum programs.
Funding is always an issue in schools in the US and in our projects abroad. Reaching educators to let them know that our curriculum is available free-of-charge is a direct effort in itself. The issues always include the timeframe for financing / international involvement / project publicity / educator interest.
The July 18, 2011 Newsweek includes this quote from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in remarks in the spring of 2010 at the Asia Society in New York.:
“In this global economy, the line between domestic and international issues is increasingly blurred, with the world’s economies, societies, and people interconnected as never before. I am worried that in this interconnected world, our country risks being disconnected from the contributions of other countries and cultures.”
The interconnectivity of the Sun Oven school program in the US with the FdS developmental programs in the DR and Haiti directly address Secretary Arne Duncan's issue.
The tragic earthquake in Haiti has left millions homeless, now two years later, but the international community is paying more attention. DR laws provide the opportunity of encouraging importation of renewable energy technologies. We are certified for tax-free importation. We are open to partnerships to introduce new technologies.
We have established a true hybrid value-chain for American companies / individuals / schools to verifiably offset their own carbon footprints and receive tax benefits by introducing quality solar cooking appliances. The program needs more publicity and participation.
FdS will always benefit from additional clients and groups for geotourism, ecotourism, philanthropic tourism, business tourism, and consulting. We provide logistics to make ideas happen in the DR and Haiti.
International competitions are becoming more broad and more frequent and are moving toward evaluating each developmental project on its own merits in order to achieve financing and support. FdS participates whenever and wherever possible in this development.