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Renewable Energy 2012

 

ENERGY AND HOPE

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfqoZmY9oWA

 

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The UN’s General Assembly had declared 2012 “The International Year of Sustainable Energy for All”

- http://eu2012.dk/en/Meetings/Other-Meetings/Apr/EU-Sustainable-Energy-for-All-Summit

In view of the above statement a part of the above short documentary film 'Energy and Hope' will shed 
a bit of light on a source of energy or rather, an almost forgotten principle, that is abundantly found in Nature, i.e. Implosion, 
triggered by planetary motion (of air or water).

The film covers the following topics/projects:

1. Renewable Energy (briefly touching Climate Change) – Around 10 minutes.

2. Tree Nursery project – 1 min (2 million trees grown and distributed in Azerbaijan since 1999).

3. Vocational Training – (More than 5000 IDPs trained in Agjabedi/Ganja regions).

4. Milk Value Chain Development – (850 dairy farmers received training and non-collateral loans to buy quality cows in

cooperation with Bilasuvar Agro LLC).


As of today, this principle (Implosion triggered by planetary motion) is not widely accepted or even understood yet by most of
us but it is our best chance to be truly sustainable and try reverse the great harm that we are continuously bringing upon our
planet Earth by burning of fossil fuels. In contrast, the driving principle of most of our current energy applications is predominantly based on excessive use of one disharmonious type of motion/principle, in this case 'Explosion', which is the exact opposite of Nature-based Implosion. An attached diagram will help in understanding the basic differences between these two opposite principles. Moreover, mankind's current trend in tackling Climate Change seems to be one of adaptation rather than Mitigation.

The Implosion principle can be observed in Tornados, Spiral galaxies, natural movement of water and air, movement of plant sap,and also through study of water movement through the gills of the mountain trout fish. There is a strong tendency for air, water and atomic particles to move in a spiral vortical manner, which is based on the earth's planetary motion i.e. three-way 
motion/movement of the earth around the sun. This is something we generally don't get taught at school.

We have tried to explain the Nature-based Implosion principles with simple terminology. However, more details and time is 
needed to completely explain it which includes terms like:

- reduction in temperature and volume of water-flow resulting in energy release,
- biological vacuum,
- natural frequency,
- velocityof the earth around/along the sun (2.1 million Kms/hr 0r 600 Kms/second),
- weight of the atmosphere,
- Conversion of earth's medial masses into its fourth and fifth dimensions, etc).

But we could not include these into the film due to time and cost constraints.

We would like to leave you to watch the enclosed film (Energy and Hope) with the following words originally written by the late 
Austrian forester Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958) and translated by Callum Coats:

' The majority believes that everything hard to comprehend must be very profound. This is incorrect. What is hard to 
understand is what is immature, unclear and often false. The highest wisdom is simple and passes through the brain directly 
into the heart'.

The late marketing and innovation visionary Steve Jobs once said that, “simple can be harder than complex”.

 

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Support, Technical Assistance and Development of Milk Value Chain project (STADM-VCP)

Goal:
This pilot project is expected to support ADRA’s existing and expanding humanitarian portfolio of developmental activities to conflict-impacted communities in Azerbaijan over a one year period (November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011) with the following specific goal:

  • Enhanced quality and quantity of raw milk and facilitate establishment of milk quality control systems through providing technical assistance, training and advice by means of value chain of milk production and collection in pre-determined areas of Azerbaijan.

Objective(s):

As a result of coordinated activities through developed skills of individuals involved in an effective dairy value chain and thus leading to a mutually beneficial financial relationship, shared responsibilities will be formed between small-scale farmers and milk collection points. This pilot project will focus on the knowledge, skills and awareness development of the farmers and milk collection point’s personnel’s in Saatli and Sabirabad regions and will strive to fulfill the following general objectives:

  • Provide information, to:

broaden dissemination of improved cattle-breeding techniques and enhanced awareness of farmers on raw milk quality control system;

to create demand for the services through trainings and practical techniques on progressive farming methodologies;

improve market access to increase farmer’s income in addition to generation of local employment opportunities on a sustained basis.

to provide training and advisory services to improve skills and knowledge of technicians at milk collection points; facilitate communication and coordination among milk value chain shareholders.

  • Specific objectives to be achieved:
    • Improved farmers awareness to market information and access to the market;
    • Improved cattle-breeding through nutrition, veterinary surgeon and Artificial Insemination techniques;
    • Improved sanitary condition of the dairy and Animal husbandry farms;
    • Improved access to credit services at competitive rates.
    • Developed farmers’ business management and entrepreneurship skills;
    • Created demand for the services though trainings and practical techniques.
    • Help/assist in developing Milk Quality Specialist (technicians at MCPs) and subsequently an improved MQS.

Beneficiaries:

Currently there is one program partner located in Bilasuvar namely the Bilasuvar-Agro Milk Processing Unit who will provide technical support (limited laboratory equipment) and help farmers have better access to loans while implementation will be carried out with with the help of its Milk Collection Points in Saatli and Sabirabad. ADRA will provide training and consulting services to Milk Collection Point technicians and improve awareness of milk quality indicators among 3500 informal farmers at Saatli and Sabirabad during the first year of project. Additional possibility of involving farmers in other rayons is subject to future funding opportunities and some costs being supported by our future partner(s).

Program proposes to serve:

  • 3500 direct beneficiaries (informal farmers) and 17 500 indirect beneficiaries (5 family members for one direct beneficiary) in Saatli and Sabirabad regions;
  • 80 direct beneficiaries from milk collection points will receive certificates from VTC Dairy Milk collection points technicians course;
  • 13 milk collection points’ key staff, 26 people (2 people for each), will receive consulting services.

ADRA Azerbaijan will utilize a few but innovative low-cost approaches to identify and reach program beneficiaries. Methods will include continued outreach to existing and developing rural community groups through milk-collection point staff Or locally-hired staff. ADRA will leverage its existing program and institutional network (Vocational Training Center in Agjabedi) to deliver program activities to both existing and identified beneficiaries.

As of April 2012, 850 farmers have received non-collateral loans from Bank Respublika  Joint Stock Company to buy quality cows whose total worth exceeds over a million US dollars.

As of April 25, 2011 (6 months completed) some brief achievements are as follows:

  • 18 informal groups formed and trained out of which 16 groups comprising of 97 farmers have received credit from Bank Respublika Joint Stock Company.
  • Total amount disbursed by Bank Respublika JSC through these loans is 147,500 AZN through which 130 cows have been purchased.
  • No collateral security on these loans is required.
  • This is leading to strengthening existing market chains through improved services, both financial and technical.
  • 'SABA' non-banking credit union headed by Tofiq Rzayev (affiliated to Bilasuvar Agro MMC) is schedule to open shortly to help aid farmers to better access to credit services.

Project Director: Ahmad Aliyev

Address: Ismat Qaibov street, alley 1, apt. 2 Ganja City

GSM (Mobile): +99450-2205675
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Project Consultant: Hasan Musayev Ph.D

TUBA Consulting LTD

Address: Shirvani Str, Alley 3, House 4, Ganja, AZ2006, Azerbaijan

Phone/Fax: +994.22.581545;

GSM: +994.70.2417155 ;

GSM: +994.50.3427671

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Head of SABA non-banking credit Union: Tofiq Rzayev

Address: Saatli

GSM (Mobile): +99450-2339371

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Micro-Project Infrastructure & Special Need Projects

ADRA Azerbaijan recognizes that conflict impacted communities have limited resources to respond to infrastructural or public service needs that materially impact the lives of whole communities. Obsolete or damaged infrastructure through man-made or natural disasters, can produce wide ranging problems from the loss of housing, to food security concerns, lost income generation opportunities, to increased health concerns. ADRA Azerbaijan supports communities seeking assistance with self-help initiatives to address local disasters and infrastructure needs created by unforeseen natural or manmade disasters, or a material deterioration in public infrastructure. Up-to the end of 2005, initiatives supported by ADRA Azerbaijan included the renovation of orphanages, hospitals, the donation of clothing and school uniforms, the supply of donated medical equipment and supplies, and the support of infrastructural repair projects such as potable water systems.

Code of Conduct

Both ADRA International and ADRA Azerbaijan strongly support the six core principles adopted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee in July 2002 and re-affirmed and expanded in December 2006, which protect beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance from sexual exploitation and abuse. As a founding member of the InterAction consortium of US-based NGOs, ADRA International is engaged in the global initiative to identify benchmarks over a multi-year time frame that will set in place further mechanisms for NGOs to prevent and respond to the lack of protection for beneficiaries in the area of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). ADRA International believes that these benchmarks are a necessary foundation for its compliance with the IASC's six core principles.


Through its partnership with InterAction, ADRA International is beginning the process of certifying its compliance with the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and plans to make its humanitarian accountability framework (including reporting mechanisms) publically available within the year. Senior management and programming staff at ADRA International have received training as part of the Building Safer Organizations project, which seeks to strengthen the safety of beneficiaries by building the capacity of international, national and local humanitarian NGOs to receive and respond to allegations concerning the abuse and/or exploitation of persons of concern.


ADRA sets a high standard in terms of the independence, effectiveness, and impact of our humanitarian work in bettering the lives of those who receive assistance from our programs. To ADRA International is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations in Disaster Relief (1994) and requires compliance with its ten principles for all emergency and humanitarian programs coordinated and/or implemented by its staff and partners. In the context of refugees, compliance with the ICRC Code establishes our credibility and accountability to those we assist, as well as those from whom we accept resources.


Having served as a pilot organization for Sphere, ADRA International also requires adherence to the common and technical standards enumerated in the Sphere Project handbook (2004) in all of its emergency-related programs, including aid worker competencies and responsibilities (common standard #7) and the supervision, management, and support of personnel (common standard #8). ADRA International has a zero tolerance for staff misconduct and maintains strong relations with both the ADRA regional leadership based in Moscow and the ADRA Azerbaijan Board of Directors. These relations enable it to bring pressure to bear internally and ensure swift action should any infraction or misconduct in relation to sexual exploitation or abuse be reported.


ADRA International has also integrated the six IASC core principles and HAP framework into the internal policy and protocols, competency-based curriculum, and training materials it uses to train ADRA country directors, emergency response coordinators, and field staff on an annual basis through the ADRA Professional Leadership Institute (APLI) and Management Orientation Workshops (MOW). These additions will take effect from May 2009 onwards.

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Healthcare

ADRA Azerbaijan's initial involvement in primary healthcare commenced in 1997 with a focus on the direct delivery of primary healthcare assistance to remote communities, IDP/R and war affected population through the establishment and management of community health points staffed by ADRA personnel. The provision of direct primary healthcare assistance was necessitated by Section 907 of the U.S. Freedom Support Act that disallowed direct assistance to the Government of Republic of Azerbaijan, thereby effectively excluding direct and active cooperation between the Azerbaijani government, its ministries and the international NGO community for U.S. funded programs. 
With the subsequent suspension of Section 907 of the U.S. Freedom Support Act, on January 25, 2002, ADRA Azerbaijan's healthcare focus shifted from direct intervention to the facilitation of community driven health initiatives and the support of capacity building efforts with the Ministry of Health.
ADRA Azerbaijan's healthcare activities concentrated on the effective operation of transferred community health points by the Ministry of Health, the facilitation of Ministry of Health capacity building, and community health development. ADRA worked to build up capacity of the MoH primary health care providers in maternal and child healthcare with specific reference to breastfeeding, management of diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections of children, Integrated Management of Childhood Diseases, immunization to include cold chain set-up and maintenance, reproductive health and family planning, infection control and waste management.
ADRA Azerbaijan mobilized rural communities around primary and reproductive health care issues through conducting PRA; supporting Village Health Committees in implementing health related micro-projects and health advocacy at regional level; training and supporting of community volunteers in conducting peer health education and condoms distribution.
So far ADRA has worked in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and 13 districts of Azerbaijan. Specific interventions included technical training for Ministry of Health staff, the joint supervision of village health clinics, the support of efforts to build sound primary healthcare information practices and systems, the donation of equipment and fixtures to local and regional hospitals, the strengthening of community based primary health care interventions and community linkages with the Ministry of Health through community health peer education, information exchange and the support of village health councils and regional advisory boards. In addition, ADRA Azerbaijan since 2004 through 2007 has funded and/or provided technical support to 30 rural community micro-projects on infrastructure development, renovation of primary health care facilities, and the delivery of primary healthcare education to rural communities through national and local NGOs.

In 2001 ADRA in collaboration with the Azerbaijan State Committee for Statistics and technical assistance of the US Center for Disease Control conducted a nationwide reproductive health survey.

Collaboration with other INGOs: ADRA is regularly networking with government and non-government agencies involved with health though participating in monthly MoH inter-agency and USAID partners meetings. In 2004, ADRA participated in the interagency TWG lead by the National RH Office. In 2005, ADRA was a member the Consortium of international agencies and MoH of Azerbaijan in support of IMCI implementation in pilot regions of the country. Currently ADRA Azerbaijan has just completed implementing the community development component of the RH/FP ACQUIRE Project in partnership with other 2 agencies under leadership of Engender Health. In addition, we are implementing a Reproductive Health/Family Planning project funded by ADRA International in 12 communities of Agjabedi and Beylagan regions.
Working with Local NGOs: ADRA Azerbaijan has collaborated and built capacity of four local NGOs. Three of them were involved with public health education on mother and child health and family planning. The fourth one called CCP (Caspian Compassion Project), a locally registered NGO was and is currently collaborating with ADRA (material support only) which mobilizes local specialists to provide ophthalmologic services including sight restoration surgery to disadvantaged population. In addition, ADRA Azerbaijan has a current partnership with the Baku-based NGO 'ACDRTRC' (Azerbaijan Community Development Research, Training and Resource Center) which is managing one of ADRA's Vocational Training Center in Ganja.

Assistance to the Blind and Visually Handicapped

ADRA Azerbaijan currently supports interventions that assist the blind and vision impaired. Its strategic partnership with the Caspian Compassion Project (CCP) a local not for profit organization provides for consultations and surgery for treatable conditions such strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc.



Since January, 2004 with ADRA support, CCP has conducted some 700 plus consultations and more than 230 successful surgeries in both Nakhchivan and mainland Azerbaijan that have restored either full or partial vision to the blind or vision impaired.

ADRA Azerbaijan also worked with the Nakhchivan Blind Society and the National Blind Society in Baku to provide needed equipment and educational resources to schools for the blind, such that these school are better equipped to equip students to function independently, have higher levels of self-esteem, and have access to additional education and employment opportunities.

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Professional & Vocational Training

ADRA Azerbaijan has been providing vocational and professional training to internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and other vulnerable people since 1999. From 1999 - 2007, ADRA Azerbaijan had been providing vocational and Professional training to well over 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and other needy people through two vocational training centers (VTCs) in Aghjebedi and Ganja. Incidentally, more than half of our students are women. Currently, ADRA Azerbaijan continues to operate the VTC in Agjabedi while the one in Ganja is presently being managed by the Baku-based NGO 'ACDRTRC' (Azerbaijan Community Development Research, Training and Resource Center).

Photo: Agjabedi Vocational Training Center
Courses available focus on providing participants with the practical skills and the self-confidence to actively pursue local employment opportunities and/or to generate household income through self-employment. Vocational courses currently conducted include cosmetology, computer applications, computer repair, dress-making/tailoring, crochet and welding.

Non-vocational courses provided include English (beginner through advanced), accounting and business management. With certification courses ranging from 5 months to 2 years in duration that are well respected within participating communities for their high quality of instruction, practical skills applicability, and a transparent evaluation and certification process, VTC graduates have been successful in both the local and national employment market and in the creation of sustainable small and micro-enterprises. In addition, to these tangible benefits welcome and unexpected benefits that have come through IDP and refugee participation in VTC courses include a visible increase in personal self-esteem for IDPs and refugees, and greater integration into mainstream society.

 

 



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