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Two critical issues facing rural farming communities in Cambodia are the lack of cooking fuel and electricity. The Fuel the Future initiative would address both of these problems using biogas generators as a cost-free way to provide these scarce resources. The biogas generator takes a variety of waste products (mostly cow manure or human waste) and utilizes the methane gas emitted from these products to feed a gas stove or lamp.
  
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Currently, most farmers in Cambodia struggle to pay the rising costs of cooking fuel, which can total $20 to $30 dollars per month. The cost is extremely high considering that most farmers have no supplemental income outside of farming rice. Electricity is often non-existent among rural farmers in Cambodia, and the biogas generator would be able to supply power to a standard lamp. The production of cooking fuel and electricity from an abundant resource (manure) will improve the standard of living while redistributing expendable income toward other areas such as education.
[[Image:Peshkopi east panorama.jpg|right|thumb|East panorama of Peshkopi.]]
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[[image:Post_office_in_peshkopi,_albania.jpg|right|thumb|The post office.]]
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[[Image:Bashkia and Prefektura in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Bashkia and Prefektura.]]
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==Etymology==
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The name "Peshkopi" (definite form ''Peshkopia'') derives from the Greek ''episkopia'', which refers to the seat of a Christian bishop. The word ''peshkop'' "bishop" still exists in the modern Albanian language.  One folk etymology for the name is ''pesë shtëpi'' "five houses", in reference to the tiny size of the town in times past.
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==Presence of NGOs==
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[[Image:QEK in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|left|thumb|The QEK.]]
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*Opportunity Albania (formerly ''PShM''), a microcredit business, has an office on the main boulevard.
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*''Qendra e Edukimit dhe e Komunikimit'' (The Center for Education and Communication or ''QEK'') is located on the boulevard.  It's a large building and hard to miss.  It was built with Danish aid, but the staff are all Albanian.  None of them speak English.
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*SNV, a Dutch-funded development organization, has an office next to the Prefecture, at the east end of the boulevard.  The Peshkopi office's activities are focused mainly on small business development in the region of Dibër.  With the exception of the office director, a native of Vancouver, staff are all Albanian.  All are fluent in English.
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*World Vision's local outpost is located across the street from Hotel Veri.
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*The Albanian Red Cross (''Kryqi i Kuq Shqiptar'') has a building up the hill behind the QEK.  One of its current projects involves child nutrition and survival in local villages.
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*''Qendra Alfa Omega'' (Alpha Omega Center), a local Evangelical Christian church originally started by American missionaries, is located close to the courthouse (''gjykatë'').
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==Education==
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Schools in Peshkopi include the following:
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[[Image:Nazmi rushiti pedagogical school in peshkopi, albania.JPG|right|thumb|Nazmi Rushiti.]]
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*Nazmi Rushiti - foreign languages and pedagogical high school.  Commonly referred to as the ''pedagogjike''.
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*Seit Najdeni - general high school (''gjimnaz'').
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Both high schools observe the following schedule:
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:1st period - 8:30am-9:15
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:2nd period - 9:20-10:05
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:3rd period - 10:10-10:55
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:Long break (''pushimi i gjatë'') - 10:55-11:20
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:4th period - 11:20-12:05pm
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:5th period - 12:10-12:55
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:6th period - 1:00-1:45
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[[Image:Demir Gashi and Selim Alliu elementary schools in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Demir Gashi and Selim Alliu.]]
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*Demir Gashi - elementary and junior high school (''shkollë nëntë-vjeçare'').
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*Selim Alliu - elementary and junior high school, physically connected to Demir Gashi but administratively separated.
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Directors of schools in Peshkopi report directly to the Regional Directorate of Education (''Drejtoria Arsimore Rajonale'') of the region (''qark'') of Dibër, whose offices are in the same building as the city government (''bashkia'') of Peshkopi and the regional government (''prefektura'').
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==Transportation==
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*Buses for [[Tirana]] and [[Durrës]] leave from a spot on the boulevard next to the ''Turizëm'' hotel. The Durrës bus is much smaller than the Tirana one.  It's best to get on the bus by 7am in order to be sure to get a seat.  As of early 2008, the bus fare to Tirana or Durrës is 600 lekë.
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*Furgons for Tirana are regularly lined up in the ''treg'' (market) neighborhood on the section of street that slopes downhill from the new mosque (''xhamia e re'') with two minarets.  The furgon fare to Tirana is 900 lekë.
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*Furgons for [[Kukës]] are sometimes available from the dirt yard in front of the ''pedagogjike'' (Nazmi Rushiti).
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The route to Tirana passes through Maqellarë, Bulqizë, Klos, [[Burrel]], and [[Milot]].
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==Accommodations==
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[[Image:Turizmi hotel in Peshkopi, Albania.jpg|right|thumb|Hotel Turizëm]]
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There are at least two hotels in Peshkopi: Hotel Veri and Hotel Korabi (known locally as ''Turizmi'').  Hotel Korabi is located towards the west end of the boulevard.  Veri is located close to the elementary schools, across the street from World Vision.  Another option is Hotel Brazil, located next to the ''pedagogjike''.
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==Weather==
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[[image:Snow_in_peshkopi.jpg|left|thumb|Snow in late 2007.]]
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Peshkopi tends to have cold winters and relatively mild summers.  Longtime residents claim that there used to be several feet of snowfall every winter.  The winter of 2007-2008 saw significant snowfall, but not enough to impede transportation.
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==Current volunteers==
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==Past volunteers==
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*[[User:Hajenso|Kenji Yamada]] - G10 [[TEFL]].
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==External links==
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[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2247985519 Peshkopi Facebook community]
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The objective of this proposal is to fund a pilot biogas generator ($1,115.50) in a rural farming community to promote further use of this technology, which is new to Cambodia. The model farm will be responsible for the implementation and operation of the biogas generator, and will be required to give community workshops on the effectiveness of the system. The success of this project will encourage further rural farms to consider adopting this valuable method of transforming waste products into scarce resources.
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Two critical issues facing rural farming communities in Cambodia are the lack of cooking fuel and electricity. The Fuel the Future initiative would address both of these problems using biogas generators as a cost-free way to provide these scarce resources. The biogas generator takes a variety of waste products (mostly cow manure or human waste) and utilizes the methane gas emitted from these products to feed a gas stove or lamp.

Currently, most farmers in Cambodia struggle to pay the rising costs of cooking fuel, which can total $20 to $30 dollars per month. The cost is extremely high considering that most farmers have no supplemental income outside of farming rice. Electricity is often non-existent among rural farmers in Cambodia, and the biogas generator would be able to supply power to a standard lamp. The production of cooking fuel and electricity from an abundant resource (manure) will improve the standard of living while redistributing expendable income toward other areas such as education.

The objective of this proposal is to fund a pilot biogas generator ($1,115.50) in a rural farming community to promote further use of this technology, which is new to Cambodia. The model farm will be responsible for the implementation and operation of the biogas generator, and will be required to give community workshops on the effectiveness of the system. The success of this project will encourage further rural farms to consider adopting this valuable method of transforming waste products into scarce resources.