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In an amazing gesture of unity, inner city leaders from Detroit and Washington, DC joined with WE CARE Solar team members to assemble solar suitcases for our Haitian relief efforts.

Matthew Marks Evans, executive director of E3 Labs in Detroit, Mark Davis, CEO of WDC Solar, Vander Covington. master electrician of WDC Solar, Jabali Nash of ARCH Developing Corp, and Mitchell Smith of Solar Richmond, learned how to make solar suitcases under the tutelage of Hal Aronson and Mike Strykowski. All of these men had attended a 5-day intensive course to develop training programs for inner city youth and displaced workers in their own cities. A WE CARE Solar presentation inspired the group to work on their own suitcases for the Haitian relief effort. And the story doesn’t stop there. These inspiring individuals are hoping to join the WE CARE Solar effort by starting solar suitcase programs in their own cities, engaging the high-risk youth and transitioning workers with whom they work.

We’ve been in touch with members of Partners in Health, Angels in Haiti, and other physicians actively responding to the tragedy in Haiti. We anticipate that our first suitcases will be deployed within the next few days, and more will be coming…as soon as we can obtain enough donations to buy more equipment. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribute to this effort, please write a check to our new fiscal sponsor “Venture Strategies for Health and Development,” and mail this to Laura Stachel, 3009 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705. Please contact me with any questions at: