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Please leave a message on my talk page if I can help with anything! Paul Hedrick (talk) 03:21, July 12, 2013 (UTC)

Haiti portalEdit

Great to see the work you have been doing on the site! We're wondering if you should be adding info to the Haiti page instead of the new page you created. Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you located. Feel free to email me at Tom Sponheim (talk) 20:03, July 12, 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Tom -- I'm located in San Diego, California, and am a US Navy Sailor (so I move around a lot).  I've been involved in fundraising for charities that work in Haiti off and on since the big earthquake in 2010, and so I'm interested in relief efforts in Haiti; my goal is to promote solar cooking in general (especially using the medium of Esperanto), and solar cooking in Haiti in particular, and I'm also starting to think about ways solar cookers could be used to help the homeless here in San Diego (and I see, with absolutely no surprise at all, that there is already a page for that here).  I created the "Haiti Portal" page so that I could use it as a visual way of "thinking out loud": trying to organize my own personal thoughts as I'm inspired by what I've found on this awesome site so far.  So, for example, if sometime down the road I actually start, or otherwise get involved in, a new project, I won't be reinventing the wheel.  The page really should probably be a blog, or some other type of page, I suppose: I'm sorry I've chosen the wrong type of page in my eagerness to get started before actually exploring the site and its possibilities.  As for the Haiti page: as I get more in tune with where the information comes from and expand my own network of contacts, I'll definitely focus on that page (if someone else doesn't beat me to it).  Thanks for the welcome! Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 20:17, July 12, 2013 (UTC)

Great work!Edit

Hello again. We've been watching your work on the Wiki. It's great to see all you have done. Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you located? Tom Sponheim (talk) 00:22, August 1, 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Tom -- I'm in San Diego, attending military school.  I am trying to get orders to remain in San Diego, but one never knows.  I should know in August.  I'm an active-duty Sailor in the U.S. Navy and am trying to take advantage of the down-time to do interesting stuff.  I've only recently gotten interested in solar cooking, so I'm a relative newbie.  But I think it's important.  So while I'm blundering around your Wikia (I'm so sorry about the newbie mistakes I'm making and appreciate your patience), I'm also learning about solar cooking and its extent in the world.  Other interests: geocoin and challenge coin design, bagpipes, and Esperanto.  Speaking of the latter, I was thinking that a category called "collaboration tools" might be a good idea -- I noticed at least one thing ("Appropedia ") marked as an NGO when it can more properly be called an online resource or collaboration tool, and of course I'm interested in the use of Esperanto as a tool when dealing with solar advocacy in areas where multiple languages are spoken.  What do you think?  Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 00:46, August 1, 2013 (UTC)

NGOs using CooKitsEdit

Thanks for marking these. I've edited the CooKit page so that any NGO you mark automatically shows up there. Tom Sponheim (talk) 23:05, August 2, 2013 (UTC)

No problem!  Now I just have to get through "S". (shudder).  Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 23:10, August 2, 2013 (UTC)

Contact info neededEdit

Can you find contact info for Harald Røstvik? Tom Sponheim (talk) 21:20, August 4, 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Tom -- Done. Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 22:28, August 4, 2013 (UTC)

Could you track down this project?Edit

We got a membership application from "Cal Poly Scheffler Reflector" but without further info. Can you see what you can find on this and add an article? Tom Sponheim (talk) 18:07, August 12, 2013 (UTC)

You got it, Boss.  I'll get on that tonight and update as soon as I have something (or don't, as the case may be). Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 18:13, August 12, 2013 (UTC)
I see now that we have this here: Cal Poly Scheffler Reflector Tom Sponheim (talk) 19:52, August 12, 2013 (UTC)
I was about to come back and ask you about it -- I found it, too.  Looks like there's a decent amount of basic info there.  Is there anything more that you'd like me to do here?  Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 03:18, August 13, 2013 (UTC)

Track down contact info for these peopleEdit

Seyoum Goitom
Satyapriya Mukhopadhyay

...more to come if you're interested in doing it. Thanks. Tom Sponheim (talk) 22:54, August 13, 2013 (UTC)

Seyoum Goitom - I've sent a message to kumatoo (their page for Seyoum Goitom is at  If that fails, I'll write the Dutch Embassy, who provided him funding to work on his parabolic cooker.
The good folks at kumatoo unforutunately don't have contact information for him.  And the Dutch Embassy in Eritrea phased out its services in late 2011.  This has apparently been taken over by the Dutch Embassy in Sudan, so I've written to them for assistance.  More as events develop! Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 02:35, August 19, 2013 (UTC)
UPDATE: As of this writing, still no response from the Dutch Embassy in Sudan. : ( Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 18:05, August 30, 2013 (UTC)
UPDATE: As of this writing (03 May 2015), yet still no response from the Dutch Embassy in Sudan or from kumatoo. Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 17:54, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
Dr. Satyapriya Mukhopadhyay - Done.  As for more: bring it on. : ) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 01:51, August 14, 2013 (UTC)

Hi Kate, (yes?)

Uploading files need to be done in a pdf format, because wiki sees it as an image, the same as a picture. So if someone sends you a Word doc., you need to save it first as a pdf. Then upload it as a picture.

It gets a little tricky next. After it appears with a file name, you change out the word, File, with the word, Media. Then add a vertical bar (|) after the file name, and with no spaces, type the name of how the title should appear, creating an active link to the pdf file.

Here is an example: (You will need to open it in Source mode to see the formatting)

An Analysis of Solar Cooker Usage - Bashir Ahmad

You can see that a space and bar and space is added, then two vertical accents ('), not quotation marks, and the authors or publication name, and two more vertical accents. This puts their name in italics.

Does this answer your question?


Boy, I'm behind the times. Yes, this does in fact help a lot -- thanks! I'm in a weird situation right now and am limited in what I can do; however, that explanation does help a whole lot, and when I'm back in full communion with my resources (my Mac is in another state), I'll be able to finish up that particular project. Thanks for the help, Paul!
(It's Kat, usually, but Kate is okay too. : ) )
Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 01:23, November 6, 2013 (UTC)


Welcome back. I don't believe we have any plans for cookers to Nepal. Our general understanding is that disaster situations don't lend themselves to new technologies. There is also enough scrap wood around to burn to boil (or pasteurize) drinking water. Tom Sponheim (talk) 18:09, April 26, 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Tom. I guess I can understand that, though I'd be worried that the wood that's burned might have been treated with chemicals that might end up hurting people. At the very least, I'd think that getting a translated or simplified plan for building rocket stoves out of bricks might be useful. Would it be helpful for me to create a .pdf if there isn't one already? (I need to look). (Added: I found a .pdf about integrated cooking in Nepal, though it doesn't really go into the detail of how to build one. I should be able to make a set of plans from the videos on the Rocket Stove page, though) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 19:48, April 26, 2015 (UTC)

Yes, we'd appreciate anything you can put together. I just checked and Nepali is one of the languages listed at the top of every page in the GoogleTranslateLinks template. We can add what you create to the Nepal page and possibly to the news feed on the front page. Tom Sponheim (talk) 20:16, April 26, 2015 (UTC)
I threw this together; my 7-year-old daughter was able to use it to describe how to build a stove, so I think it's pretty solid. According to Wikipedia, Devengari (the script used in Nepal in the majority of cases) is written left to right, up to down, so I oriented the "steps" of the building of the stove in line with that. File:Kvar-blokoj-forno.pdf Take a look and if it seems like it's okay, I'll link to it on the Nepal page. Do we have a portal page for disaster relief yet?Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 23:53, April 26, 2015 (UTC)
Looks good. Go ahead and post it. Can you also add the Devengari script to the link perhaps in parens? Tom Sponheim (talk) 05:15, April 27, 2015 (UTC)
Can you make "relief" lower case in new category? Tom Sponheim (talk) 23:27, April 29, 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Tom -- if you're talking about changing the page's title, I don't think I an. On regular pages, I have a "rename" option, but not the category page. I don't think I have sufficient permissions to change categories' titles. Sorry if I messed that up -- am I correct in understanding that category pages should be in sentence case vice title case? Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 03:40, April 30, 2015 (UTC)
Just go to every page where you added "Disaster Relief" and change it to "Disaster relief". Wiki style is to only capitalize the first word in a page title or category name. I think you have the rights to do this. Thanks for all you've been doing. I'll integrate it more into the site soon. Tom Sponheim (talk) 17:29, April 30, 2015 (UTC)
Okay, I believe I have done it. However, I don't have the permissions to delete category pages. Could you delete "Category:Disaster Relief" in favor of the new "Category:Disaster relief" page? Thanks bunches! Sorry I can't do more. But I'm working in dribs and drabs. : ) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 00:34, May 3, 2015 (UTC)

Solar Cookers InternationalEdit

Okay, so this is a translation question: to what is the "Cookers" in "Solar Cookers International" primarily referring? Is it referring to cooking implements (ovens, stoves, hayboxes, etc) or to people who cook using the sun?

The reason why I ask is because when I talk about SCI to Esperantists (there are 16,500 people in the Esperanto group on Facebook, for what it's worth), I'd like to translate the title properly. In Esperanto, there are word endings that you can add to a root to describe a tool (-ilo, as in "kuirilo", a tool for cooking) and to describe a person who does something (-anto, as in "kuiranto", a cook). English being somewhat vague in this department, I could either say "Sunaj Kuirantoj Internaciaj" or "Sune Kuirantoj Internaciaj" or I could say "Sunaj/Sune Kuiriloj Internaciaj". I'm assuming that the name of the organization is talking about people, in the sense of "an international organization for people who cook using solar (and other energy-efficient) technology", but don't want to make that assumption outright. (Still trying to determine whether it would make sense to use "Sunaj", an adjective, or "Sune", an adverb, but that's a whole other issue.) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 17:51, May 3, 2015 (UTC)

Tsengue TsengueEdit

In returning to trying to find information about Seyoum Goitom, I found another page on about Tsengue Tsengue in Conga. He runs a company called Challenge Futura, which has Facebook page, and there are plenty of mentions of the fact that he invented a solar dryer. I can't find too many mentions of a solar dryer in the company's materials (just dryers), but I admit that I am totally hampered by the fact that I don't read French (my Esperanto gets me in the ballpark so I can recognize certain terms like "secheurs", but it only goes so far).

At any rate, the question is this: is it worthwhile for me to go ahead and create a page for Mr. Tsengue? Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 18:27, May 3, 2015 (UTC)

How about inviting him to join the network and we'll add him if he joins. Link to join on Main page. Tom Sponheim (talk) 21:06, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
Ha ha! Off to some seriously machine-mangled French I go! ; ) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 02:38, May 4, 2015 (UTC)

Great to see you back helping outEdit

We really appreciate the work you're doing.Tom Sponheim (talk) 16:29, May 4, 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! I'm sorry that I periodically disappear without a trace, but the integrated cooking method is still a passion of mine, so I'll always be back. : ) Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 04:08, May 5, 2015 (UTC)

Credit CardEdit

Tom, the monthly newsletter mentioned a Capital One card that's tied into donations for SCINet, but the link is no longer good. I assume the program isn't on any more? Katjo.Mencanto (talk) 05:28, May 15, 2015 (UTC)

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