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CUBAN RENEWABLE ENERGY ENGINEERS PROTECT THOUSANDS OF SOLAR PANELS DURING HURRICANES IRMA AND MARIA! The Cuba Solar Conference this year will include at least one presentation/workshop on the role of the renewable energy community in Cuba’s remarkable disaster preparedness and response. You may have read about Cuba's meticulous removal and storage of all solar panels prior to the storm.  As they were able to re-install these panels immediately after the storm passed, rural Cuban communities had access to electricity again within a few days of the destruction. Many of us read with dismay of the destruction of Hurricanea Irma and Maria on nearby Caribbean Islands. Some remain uninhabitable and others will suffer from power outage, destroyed roads, lack of potable water and other basic necessities for months to come. In Puerto Rico the death toll continues to rise. Unlike some of its island neighbors, Cuba’s level of hurricane preparedness and disaster response is a model for the world. Prior to severe storms, all potentially affected communities are evacuated to safer areas; sensitive installations like electric power towers, solar panels, wind generators, etc. are dismantled and stored to be reinstalled once the danger of the storm has passed.  Cuba’s distributed electrical system enabled the country to regain almost all electrical power within a week of the destruction of Hurricane Irma. Cuba’s brigades of emergency workers were on the streets as soon as the storm had passed removing debris, repairing roads and major buildings, distributing necessary food, water and health services. Meanwhile experts are predicting that parts of Puerto Rico could be without such basic services and necessities for over a year and that some smaller islands will remain uninhabitable for years. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Cuba-Leads-the-Way-in-Hurricane-Irma-Preparedness-20170907-0023.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41371793                                     […]

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Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Environmental and Human Sustainability   November 3 – 12, 2017   Sample Program (subject to change)   Assisting organizations: Eco Cuba Network, Antonio Núñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People, Amistur Travel Agency in Cuba, Marazul Charters and Eco Cuba Network.   Friday, November 3   Morning Departure for Havana from Miami International Airport. Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba late morning. Transfer to hotel. Orientation meeting with Dr. Michele Frank and Cuban guides. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon City tour of Havana and Old Havana to visit sites of cultural, historical and environmental interest with Cuban sustainable urbanist and historian. Evening Welcome dinner with Cuban hosts and guests from Cuba’s Social Welfare and Environmental institutions. Brief introductory talks. Optional Cultural activities                                                             Saturday, November 4                 Morning Visit Senior Center for morning exercises and conversation with staff of Center and senior.   Visit neighborhood garden and farmers’ market and the Food Conservation Project of Vilda and Pepe, who teach workshops on organic gardening, food preservation, urban medicine and other wellness topics in western Havana. Discussion on their involvement with neighborhood development projects. Lunch in neighborhood of Cuban painter Jose Fuster. Meet with the artist and neighbors involved in the project.   Afternoon Museum of the Revolution or Museo de Bellas Artes or other activity.   Early Evening La Colmenita children’s theatre performance and discussion with staff about the nearly 20 year old neighborhood development project that grew into an internationally acclaimed touring theatrical company. Evening Optional cultural activities.     Sunday, November 5 Morning   Afternoon     Evening     Monday, November 6   Morning Panel discussion on integration of environmental and social sustainability in Cuba at the Foundation for Nature and Humanity […]

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Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Human and Environmental Sustainability   Havana and Pinar del Rio Provinces   Study tour offered by the NASW – New York State Chapter November 4 – 12, 2017 Tour leader: Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW                   Professor Emeritus, Eastern Michigan University, School of Social Work                     This workshop is being offered for 40 Continuing Education Hours Michigan social workers in Cuba, October 2013. I am excited to again be leading this group and returning to Cuba for the fifth time! Each time I return to Cuba I am newly invigorated by the communitarian spirit and the commitments to health and education that give the Cuban people a remarkable quality of life despite living with the consequences of a US embargo for the past half century.                                                                                       — Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW, ACSW This program will provide a close look at vital issues facing Cuba today with a focus on (1) sustainable social and environmental policy and practice and the integration of the two in Cuba; (2) clinical practice in terms of family, child and adolescent intervention and therapy; issues of gender, race and class in Cuba as they impact the practice of Social Welfare.   Participants will have the opportunity to interact with official policy makers, directors of programs, and a variety of practitioners with a range of social work and other disciplinary training. The program will include engagement with urban and rural Cuban citizens in a variety of formal and informal settings as well as a variety of cultural activities. Through site visits, presentations and discussions, participants will be presented with Cuba's perspective on the issues and encouraged to think critically about how these perspectives relate to the US – our work as […]

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2017 Delegations Social Welfare in Cuba: A Holistic View of Sustainable Environmental and Human Development / National Association of Social Workers, Midwest Region April 23 – May 5, 2017 *  *  *  *  * Additional 2017 Delegations will be posted in September 2016.                                      

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Social Welfare and Sustainability in Cuba Educational Cuba Tour for University Professors and Students May 27 – June 5, 2016 Havana, Matanzas and Artemisa provinces   This program will provide a close look at vital issues facing Cuba today with a focus on (1) sustainable social and environmental policy and practice and the integration of the two in Cuba; (2) clinical practice in terms of family, child and adolescent intervention and therapy; issues of gender, race and class in Cuba as they impact the practice of Social Welfare.   Participants will have the opportunity to interact with official policy makers, directors of programs, and a variety of practitioners with a range of social work and other disciplinary training. The program will include engagement with urban and rural Cuban citizens in a variety of formal and informal settings as well as a variety of cultural activities.   Through site visits, presentations and discussions, participants will be presented with Cuba's perspective on the issues and encouraged to think critically about how these perspectives relate to the US – our work as social workers, and to society in general, as well as how Cuban and US social workers can learn from each other… and of course, how we, as US citizens, can help to bridge the gaps so that we can work together for the well-being of our clients, communities, countries, world and planet. Social Welfare and Sustainability in Cuba 2016 Sample Program  If you have any questions on the program and/or  logistics for the delegation, please email Pam Montanaro, Coordinator for Eco Cuba Network or call 510-318-4910. For articles and videos on Social Welfare and Sustainability in Cuba, check out our Resources on Social Welfare in Cuba page. For articles and videos on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Cuba, check out […]

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