400 75-litre Prakti Orka institutional stoves were shipped to Haiti on April 19, 2011 from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. These stoves will be used by the United Nations World Food Programme in their school feeding program in rural and peri-urban areas in Haiti. 100 of these stoves are currently in use, each stove feeding 150 children per meal. The fuel used for these stoves are low-density, hand-made briquettes made from waste materials, eliminating the need to use scarce and expensive resources such as wood or charcoal.
Dr. Mouhsine Serrar, founder and CEO of Prakti Design, will be leaving on 14 April for a two-week consultancy for the United Nations World Food Programme in Sudan. Mouhsine will work with the International Lifeline Fund to evaluate existing cook stoves in North and South Darfur. They will look at stove performance and usability, as well as strategies for implementation and adoption of different stoves. The consultancy will also develop proposals for alternate fuels and stoves.
Prakti Design won 2nd. prize in the Social Impact category at the Global Social Venture Competition(GSVC) held at the Haas Business School of the University of California at Berkeley on 7 April 2011. Prakti was one of 15 finalists out of a total of 850 applicants worldwide.