Recently, InStove hosted Palan Mulonda, Zambian Ambassador to the United States, during his visit to Cottage Grove. InStove was honored to have His Excellency tour our facility and learn about the factory-in-a-box model that we are taking steps to implement in Zambia this year.
|Brian Mulenga, Fred Colgan, His Excellency, and Kirk Shauer talk shop.|
Ambassador Mulonda has worked for the Zambian Ministry of Justice and served as the executive director of the Institute of Human Rights Intellectual Property and Development Trust (HURID) in Zambia. He has been involved in the promotion of human rights for many years. So, when he learned of the great opportunity presented by InStove from a letter we sent him in early February, he wanted to make sure it didn’t slip away. He scheduled his trip immediately.
“This stove is not an alternative,” said His Excellency after seeing a demonstration, “it’s the solution.”
His Excellency was accompanied on his visit by Brian Mulenga, Political and Cultural Advisor to the Zambian Embassy. From their arrival, it was a non-stop schedule. Accompanied by InStove, the diplomatic team was received by Michael Gottfredson, President of the University of Oregon; Dr. Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost of the UO Office of International Affairs; Eric Benjaminson, executive director of the Gabon Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development; and the mayors of both Eugene and Cottage Grove.
Senators Merkeley and Wyden also sent field representatives to meet with and welcome the ambassador and his advisor.
Representatives of SOHIP--Seeds of Hope International Partnership, including Executive Director, Kirk Shauer, were also present for the visit. SOHIP and InStove are working in partnership to bring stove production to rural Zambia. Both organizations took part in final discussions at InStove headquarters on Thursday.
InStove is thankful and appreciative of The Ambassador, SOHIP, Senators Merkeley and Wyden, and all who helped to make this visit a success.
InStove also wishes to specifically thank Backstage Bakery (Cottage Grove), and Mazzi’s and The Electric Station (Eugene) for demonstrating their generosity to His Excellency and guests during the visit.
|1) Kitty Piercy is presented with a gift from InStove at Mazzi's. 2) InStove staff and The Ambassador enjoy lunch at The Electric Station.|