Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dr. LaFave's De-Bearding $1,000 Campaign Announcement at Klein Forest High School

Creative campaign to promote philanthropy and giving...

This is the announcement published at Klein Forest High School for Dr. LaFave's de-bearding campaign

"Want to see something that hasn’t been seen in 30 years? No, we are not talking about Halley’s Comet. We are talking about Dr. LaFave without a beard! PISA members will be collecting sponsorships during lunches for any amount you want to contribute…or you can bring your money to Room 613…or give it to Dr. LaFave. If we can reach our goal of $1000.00 in the next week, Dr. LaFave will be de-bearded during a lunch. The proceeds will go to the Hashoo Foundation and their work empowering women. There is only one week left in this campaign and we need everyone at Klein Forest to contribute what they can in order to reach the goal. Come on….you know you are curious!"

   Dr. LaFave showing off his 30 years old beard            Dr. LaFave with PISA students

Thank you Dr. Norman LaFave and PISA students for supporting women empowering and promoting girls and boys education!!

Since 2011, PISA students’ generous contributions have helped promote 46 micro enterprises, empowering 5 women refugee in Houston and 39 women and 2 men in Northern Pakistan); provide 139 beehives and productions kits; enable access to quality education to 129 girls and boys; improve the quality of life of more than 317 dependents; and provide opportunities for the beekeepers to earn a sustainable income, get financial independence, management and marketing skills.

The following links highlight the work Klein High School PISA with the Hashoo Foundation 


Dr. Norman J. LaFave is PISA Sponsor and Adviser
Scientist, Engineer, Educator, and Author
Physics Instructor at Klein Forest High School
Author of Nanomagica, Book One of Metropolis Fallen
Author of You Want Me to Teach What? Sure-fire Methods for Teaching Physical Science and Math
Publication Website: http://www.normanlafave.com/
AlterWorld Blog: http://nlafave0@wordpress.com


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hashoo Foundation USA Executive Director Cristal Montañéz Baylor Attends Ladies of Distinction and Ladies of Excellent 2014 Recognition Banquet

Texas Executive Women Ladies of Distinction and Ladies of Excellent 2014 Recognition Banquet 

Houston, TX.- As a recipient of the Women on the Move (WOM) Award, I had the privileged to participate at the Ladies of Distinction and Ladies of Excellent 2014 Recognition Banquet sponsored by Texas Executive Women (TEW) with Aldine Senior High School and Aldine Ninth Grade School held on May 21, 2014. What an extraordinary program to promote and empower young girls to create their future.

At the Ladies of Excellence program at Aldine Ninth Grade, the emphasis is on improving self-esteem through team building, classes on etiquette and dress, career tours and encouraging responsibility.

At Aldine Senior High, over 100 students in the Ladies of Distinction program meet for monthly seminars. Each class of young women in the program has followed a tradition of performing over 6,000 aggregate hours of community services.

Proceeds from the Women on the Move® Luncheon funds not only mentoring programs, they also provide scholarships for mentees graduating from high school to attend a university, junior college, vocational or career education schools. Established in 1998 and named to honor Jackie Greer, founder of the mentoring program and 1985 Women on the Move, these scholarships have allowed many young women to pursue career options that may not be possible otherwise. Texas Executive Women is proud to have funded over $235,000 in scholarships over the years.

By Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA  
2013 Women on the Move (WOM)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Congratulations Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) Friends on Your Graduation

Houston, Texas.- On May 9, the 2013-2014 Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) Class graduated from the Houston Community College:  Sara Affif from Egypt, Muhammad Owais Siddiqui from Pakistan, Nawshin Oishee from Bangladesh, Güneş Sofuoğlu from Turkey, Jacqueline Addai from Ghana, Syed Saqib Ali from Pakistan, Meltem Aydin from Turkey, Quainoo Ekow Henry from, Susana Marin Arango from Colombia, Rahila Emmanuel from Pakistan, Lwandile Mxhamli from South Africa, Dhona Fidya Meiningtyas from Indonesia, Vishal Gilala from India, Henry Quainoo from Ghana, Haniel Rumawak from Indonesia, Elwyn Sansius from Indonesia, and Fernanda from Brazil.

Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) was established in 2006, to provide international students with the opportunity to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency while attending U.S. community colleges.


  CCIP students with Lorin Banja CCIP Coordinator & Cristal Montañéz Baylor Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA






















Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA, congratulated the students on their achievements. She described her experience working with the students and was grateful  for the opportunity to witness how this group of brilliant and fun young leaders developed in a new society and came together as a big family. "They supported each other, worked very hard and conquered many challenges as they strive for excellence. Their courage, tenacity and dedication paid off as they graduated, with a new degree in hand, this group is ready to conquer the world and their new careers. In a few days, they will travel to their countries of origin where they will be our Ambassadors as they share experiences and the way of life in the US with their friends and families. Their thousands of hours in community service with several organizations, including the Hashoo Foundation USA, will be their best legacy," she said.

During the CCIP graduation ceremony, Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA, expressed a special appreciation to Sara Affif from, Egypt and Mohammad Owais Siddiqui from Pakistan, for your leadership and contribution to the success of the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee from the planning and development to the implementation. Lwandile Mxhamli for making the power point presentation documenting the students' activities; Vishal Gilala for making the video of the students visiting the farm where the beekeepers will establish their honey producing micro-enterprises, Nawshin Oishee, Jacqueline Addai, Meltem Aydin, Dhona Fidya Meiningtyas and Rahila Emmanuel, for their collaboration. 

Sara Affif from, Egypt and Mohammad Owais Siddiqui from Pakistan with Cristal Montañéz Baylor Executive Director Hashoo Foundation 





Thank you for making our city of Houston a better place for all. Farewell dear friends!!

Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) was established in 2006, the program provides international students with the opportunity to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency while attending U.S. community colleges.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Another Great Show by Klein Forest High School PISA Benefiting Hashoo Foundation's "Plan Bee"

Houston, TX.-  The Klein Forest High School Pakistani Indian Student Association (PISA) held its Spring 2014 Culture Shock Charity Show on March, Saturday 29, 2014. 

 Pictures by Tiger Moses

The Show was produced and executed by the student members of PISA under the leadership of Dr. LaFave.  Talented dancers, singers, comedians, and bands entertained the students, family members, staff and friends who filled the auditorium.  The Show is getting better and better every year!  It is a great example of creativity, discipline and commitment to philanthropy. The funds raised will benefit Hashoo Foundation’s Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project Plan Bee.

Since 2011, the students’ generous contributions have helped promote 46 micro enterprises, empowering 5 women refugee in Houston and 39 women and 2 men in Northern Pakistan); provide 139 beehives and productions kits; enable access to quality education to 129 girls and boys; improve the quality of life of more than 317 dependents; and provide opportunities for the beekeepers to earn a sustainable income, get financial independence, management and marketing skills, said Cristal Montañéz, Hashoo Foundation USA Executive Director.

                                                                                             Pictures by Tiger Moses

Ms. Montañéz, extended her appreciation to the Klein Forest High School PISA and Dr. Norman LaFave for their valued contribution to Hashoo Foundation USA for the empowerment of women through honey producing micro-enterprises as a way to help alleviate poverty in vulnerable communities.


Project Background

The following links highlight the work Klein High School PISA with the Hashoo Foundation as well as the tangible impact of the students contributions.

2011 - Houston Students Help Women Beekeepers Rebuild Their Lives
2012 - PISA Culture Shock Charity Show Benefits Hashoo Foundation’s “Plan Bee”

2013 - Students Invest in Honey Micro-Enterprises to Help Empower Refugee Women in Houston

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Plan Bee Honey Business Group Launched in Houston to Empower Five Women Refugees

April 26, 2014, Guy, Texas.- An exciting morning with the women refugees during the launch of the Plan Bee Honey Business Group at the farm in Guy, Texas.

This was a great opportunity to meet and share time with the five refugee women beekeepers from Bhutan and Nepal as they initiated their honey producing micro-enterprises. The women were suited in their protective honey bee suits and gloves ready to work. This pilot project is a partnership between the Hashoo Foundation USA and the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services refugee settlement agency.

Plan Bee Honey Business Group launch_Meeting the new refugee beekeepers from Bhutan and Nepal (5)
 Click to view more pictures Plan Bee Honey Business Group Launch in Houston

Yani Rose, Executive Director Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, and Narayan Dhaurali, Alliance Project Coordinator, from the demonstrated how to uncap the honey comb, extract and filter the honey. We enjoyed tasting pieces of the wax with honey as Narayan Dhurani uncapped the surface of the honey comb.

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Honey extraction     
                                                                   
During the pilot phase, this project will empower refugee women from Bhutan and Nepal who were resettled in Houston by the Alliance in the past five years. The Alliance recruited women who have experienced barriers to long-term employment in the U.S. The challenges that many newly-arrived refugee women face in the job market may include limited English proficiency, child care needs, and a lack of formal education.


This pilot project will implement the funds raised by the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee, a partnership with students from Klein Forest High School PISA, Lee High School Interact Club & ROTC, Xavier Educational Academy Interact Club, Clements High School Interact Club and Sharpstown International School Senior Capstone International, Chapelwood Foundation and Neighborhood Centers’ Seed for Change, to empower five refugee women in Houston through a Honey Business Group. These funds will enable the women to start their honey producing micro-enterprises, earn supplemental income, and improve the quality of life for their families.


Developing honey micro-enterprises will help these refugee women gain more economic independence and financial management skills. The students who helped organize the Culture Shock Charity Show will have the opportunity to volunteer with the Plan Bee Honey Business Group and participate in the project at various stages.


"The funds raised have been invested in the Plan Bee Honey Business Group in Houston and provided the participating refugee women with beehives and production kits. The Alliance is providing the refugee women with training in honey bee farming. With technical assistance from Fort Bend County/Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services as well as local beekeepers, the Alliance Project Coordinator will ensure the quality of the beehives and honey production, and that best practices are being followed. The Fort Bend county agents will supply the equipment to tests the moisture of the honey, to ensure that all honey produced is of a high quality," said Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA.

The Alliance is committed to administering and implementing this project, in accordance with the MOU signed by the Alliance and Hashoo Foundation USA. The University of St. Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) committed to help with the marketing and label design of the Plan Bee Honey. 



Project Background


Students Invest in Honey Micro-Enterprises to Help Empower Refugee Women in Houston

Hashoo Foundation USA’s Culture Shock Charity Show Raised Needed Funds to Establish the Plan Bee Houston Pilot Project

Banner Culture Shock Charity Show
Hashoo Foundation USA (HF USA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling and empowering communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities. The Foundation is working with students in Houston to raise funds for this goal through the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee. The objective is to invest these funds to replicate the foundation’sWomen Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming program in Pakistan in the Houston area to enable refugee women in increase their financial independence, learn financial management skills, and generate income for their families through participation in a honey producing micro-enterprise.

The Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee held two successful performances at Talento Bilingue de Houston. This initiative was a collaborative effort with Klein Forest High School Pakistani-Indian Students Association (PISA), Lee High School Interact Club, Xavier Educational Academy Interact Club, Clements High School and Sharpstown International School Senior Capstone Program, the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Talento Bilingue de Houston, the Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives & the Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program, Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs, St. Thomas University Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), Rotary Galleria, and Rotaract Galleria.


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The Culture Shock Charity Show brought together students and volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds and faiths representing twenty-two countries. Over seventy students from Klein Forest High School PISA, Lee High School Interact Club & ROTC, Xavier Educational Academy Interact Club, Clements High School Interact Club and Sharpstown International School Senior Capstone International, volunteers and organizations worked together under the direction of producer, Alex Hernandez, and theater technician Hugo Valiño, of Talento Bilingue de Houston to put on a truly international Show. The participants represented twenty-two countries with diverse cultural backgrounds and faiths, including Albania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Taiwan, Venezuela and United States. This initiative was an element of Houston's Citizenship Month 2013 celebrations. It demonstrated an example of perseverance and commitment to philanthropy in action.

The funds raised by the students through the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee will be used to empower five (5) refugee women in Houston through Plan Bee Honey Business Group. During the pilot phase, this project will aim to empower refugee women from Bhutan and Burma, who were resettled in Houston by the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services in the past five years. The five (5) women will be allocated four (4) beehives each and the necessary basic equipment including, bee-suits, beekeeping gloves, bee smokers, hive tools, bee brushes, uncapping knives, wax pans and extractors to share among the women in the Plan Bee Honey Business Group.

The Chapelwood Foundation has extended their support to Plan Bee Honey Business Group in Houston to empower refugee women their families as they have done in Pakistan since 2010. Chapelwood Foundation has funded four Honey Business Groups in Pakistan and has made a remarkable difference in 85 women and 27 men and their dependents in Pakistan.

According to Dr. Norman LaFave, PISA advisor, "The Show provides students with opportunities for philanthropy that are not available as part of the standard school curriculum. It is my hope that, through this effort, we are creating the next generation of philanthropists and community volunteers to make the world a better place." 

In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Hashoo Foundation USA and the Alliance for Multicultural Services, the Alliance will be responsible for administering this project and providing the refugee women with training in honey bee farming. Additionally, the Alliance will coordinate the technical assistance with Fort Bend County/Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services, as well as local beekeepers. The Alliance Project Coordinator will ensure the quality of the beehives and honey production, and that best practices are being followed. The Fort Bend county agents will also supply the equipment that tests the moisture of the honey to ensure that all honey produced is of a high quality.

"It is projected that each woman will be able to increase her household income by $2,880 - $3,200 per year. Honey yield fluctuates from one year to another and varies between colonies. The average production of honey per beehive is approximately 40 pounds. Each beehive is expected to produce 40 pounds x 4 beehives = 160 pounds of honey per crop (harvest). Southeast Texas has a long "honey run" season, so honey production yields are relatively higher in this area. With favorable weather conditions, it is projected that two crops per year will yield a harvest of 320 pounds of honey. If sold to the market for $9 to $10 per pound, the financial support goals should be met," explained Cristal Montañéz, Hashoo Foundation USA Houston-based Executive Director.

Under this project, the Alliance will recruit women who have experienced barriers to long-term employment in the U.S. The challenges that many newly-arrived refugee women face in the job market may include limited English proficiency, child care needs, and a lack of formal education. Developing honey micro-enterprises will help these refugee women gain more economic independence and financial management skills. On November 2, the students participating in the Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee visited the farm where the Plan Bee Honey Business Group micro-enterprises for the refugee women will be established. These students will have the opportunity to volunteer and participate in the project at various stages.


Plan Bee was initially implemented by the Hashoo Foundation in Gilgit-Baltistan in Northern Pakistan to empower women through honey bee farming. "For the last three years, PISA has partnered with the Hashoo Foundation to help the Plan Bee beekeepers of Northern Pakistan. To date, my students have helped 21 beekeepers rebuild their honey enterprise by donating 79 beehives. Their contribution has indirectly impacted 157 dependents and provided access to education for 69 children. We are excited our students are contributing to establish the Plan Bee Honey Business Group in Houston to empower local refugee women to earn a secondary income," explained Dr. Norman LaFave, PISA advisor.


Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee Highlights 


The Klein Forest High School PISA team presented performances that ranged from singing original songs by singer/songwriter Sade Page, to an international mash-up including Pakistani, Indian, U.S. and Mexican music and dances; The Lee High School Interact Club & ROTC coordinated the Color Guard and Flags Parade, the Nepali dancers, and the band; The Sharpstown International School Senior Capstone International recruited the Mexican guitarists; Xavier Educational Academy Interact Club presented an Italian dance and singing with guitar performance; Clements High School Interact Club presented Japanese dancers which included students from Mexico, USA, Taiwan and India; Ian Hox from Rotaract Galleria coordinated the traditional performers from Albania and Kosovo; The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services facilitated folk dances by Bhutanese refugees; and Gunes Sofuoğlu represented Community College International Program (CCIP) volunteers and delighted the audience with a Turkish dance. Chipotle Burritos provided the delicious and hefty burritos and drinks for the Culture Shock Charity Show team; and Frost Bank supplied goodie bags to the participating students.

Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee Program

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Certificate of Recognition presented by the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives & the Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program to the participating students from Klein Forest High School Pakistani-Indian Students Association (PISA), Lee High School Interact Club, Xavier Educational Academy Interact Club, Clements High School and Sharpstown International School Senior Capstone Program.

City of Houston Certificate to Students
About the Participating Organizations

Hashoo Foundation USA
Our mission is to enable and empower communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities.

Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (AMCS)
AMCS is a non-profit organization dedicated to help refugees, immigrants, and low-income residents of Harris County become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life.

Chapelwood FoundationThe Chapelwood Foundation exists to provide perpetual funding for significant projects and programs consistent with the priorities of the church.

Talento Bilingue of HoustonThe mission of Talento Bilingüe de Houston's focus is to create Houston's multicultural arts experience through collaboration, education and preservation.

Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives & the Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program There are many resources in your community to help students graduate high school, receive workforce training or a college degree, and find jobs with opportunity. The Education Initiatives office is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods.

Community College Initiative Program (CCIP)
Established in 2006, the program provides international students with the opportunity to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency while attending U.S. community colleges.

Rotaract Gallery
Galleria Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

St. Thomas University Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) The mission of the Center for International Studies is to provide a global understanding and respect for the cultural, political, economic and social conditions of the world.



Monday, April 7, 2014

Credit & Enterprise Development Program Report 2010-2013 for Micro Finance Initiative University of Houston (MFi UH)

Credit & Enterprise Development for Women Beekeepers of Northern Pakistan 

Under its Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) program, the Hashoo Foundation facilitates and administers provision of small loans to existing and new beekeepers to add another dimension to its Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project Plan Bee. These small loans enable the women keepers to purchase more hives to achieve economies of scale and expand their enterprise.

In collaboration with Micro Finance Initiative of University of Houston (MFi UH), with a new added component of Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL), the proposed project on Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) will help mobilize and organize communities into workable cluster based groups, increase the outreach and productivity, provide training in bee farming ensuring quality honey through improved processing facilities and related infrastructure, and facilitate market linkages for the sale of honey at higher competitive prices.

Zar Bano is one of the MFi UH beekeepers beneficiaries 

The original goal was to deploy 2 women beneficiaries in honey bee farming in three years beekeeping. The project provided a long term, sustainable means through Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL) of US $1,000 expanding the project with gradual increase up to 4 women headed households and their estimated 32 dependents. The women were selected on the basis of baseline surveys undertaken by Hashoo Foundation.

This initiative not only helped the foundation launch Credit & Enterprise Development project for honey bee farming but also enabled HF to take a step forward towards implementation of two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):
- Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.
- Education.

Impact of the Credit & Enterprise Development Program - MFi UH
-  2 women received a Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL) to empower themselves for better living.
-  180 kg (396 Ib) of honey was produced.
-  US $1,125 was earned by the beneficiaries during the lifetime of the project.
-  Total household income increased by 32 % by the end of 2013.
-  16 dependents benefitted and had access to better nutrition.
-  9 children had access to quality education.
-  Women beneficiaries were linked to Northern Honey Bee Association (NHBA).
-  Socio-economic status of the beneficiaries was improved at a noticeable level.
-  The project increased women empowerment in terms of decision making in their everyday lives.