Hunger Relief International

Our Mission: Hunger Relief International (HRI), a relief and development organization, is dedicated to alleviating the impact of hunger and malnutrition on the lives of children and their families as the first step in a long-term strategic plan to achieve family and community self-sufficiency. Our Vision: We seek a world in which children, their families and communities have access to basic necessities including nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, education, and health care.Hunger Relief International's vision is to enter an impoverished community and one day to leave that community self-sustaining, economically viable and food secure. In addition HRI food is procured in country or e...
Aug 20, 2014

Health Evaluations Show the Stoves are Working!

As our clean cookstove initiative continues to expand and reach more vulnerable families in Guatemala, it is important for us to continue following up with families who have already received stoves. This means making sure the stoves are maintained and functioning properly, as well as getting input directly from families on how they like their stove. Families continue to be thrilled and express that they are feeling the benefits both physically and financially. Additionally, this summer we were fortunate to be able to host and get input from a US medical mission team for a second year in a row. They were able to do follow-up respiratory health evaluations on families with new stoves and their findings were amazing! The following quote is from one of the nurses:

"Last year when we did the clinic in Los Chilitos, we saw so many infants and children with profound respiratory issues. When we listened with a stethoscope to the breath sounds of babies and young children, it was like we were listening to adults who had been long-time smokers. We treated multiple kids and adults for pneumonia and restrictive airway disease. I'm thrilled to say this year we had no respiratory issues in Los Chilitos! It is very clear to me that the stoves that have been installed work! By venting the smoke through the chimney, infants, children and adults are able to breathe clean air resulting in healthy lungs. I wish we could quantify the return on the investment - but how do you put a dollar amount on breathing easy and having healthy lungs?! Priceless."

The clean cookstoves are indeed working and your support is allowing us to eradicate serious, but avoidable respiratory illness in vulnerable communities. Let's keep the good momentum going!

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May 22, 2014

More safe stoves and healthier homes!

This year HRI is bringing even more safe, energy efficient stoves to vulnerable households in Guatemala. We have expanded the reach of the initiative to include another community where we have already completed 45 stoves; and in an existing community, we are breaking ground on 12 additional stoves. It continues to be a lot of hard work and long hours for our local masons leading the construction effort, along with important physical and small financial contributions from each family receiving a stove, but the positive health and economic outcomes show that it is all worth it!

It really does take a village - from our staff’s commitment and passion for the project, to your generosity making it possible, to the communities and families contributing their strength, sweat and constant appreciation - the success of this project is a true team effort!

With so many more families to reach, we hope you will continue to support the project in whatever way you can and help spread the word to others. Thank you so much.

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Feb 20, 2014

One Stove at a Time...

The women of Los Chilitos
The women of Los Chilitos

The following is a postcard from Lydia Sorensen, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Guatemala, about her recent visit to Hunger Relief International.

Down the hill from where the new community school is being built, a group of 20 women gather to meet with the Hunger Relief International staff. In this community with approximately 200 children and their families, these women are soon going to be receiving new, sustainable, stoves. Soon they will be able to make hot food for their families without worrying about filling their houses with smoke or burning themselves over the open fires.

A few miles away is another community that has already received their stoves. The women proudly show them off (all have something cooking on top), and talk about the difference that it’s made in their lives. “Before I used to burn myself on the smoke, all the time” says one recipient, “now it’s much better”. By using less wood but producing as much (if not more) heat, the stoves are also both more economical and also more environmentally friendly.

Joselito (the local mason hired to construct the stoves) will work the women of Los Chilitos during the next month hopefully making one new stove a day. The women agree to provide someone to help him carry the heavy materials, and pay a small fraction of the cost, and they eagerly congregate to pick a number from a bag that will be the order in which they receive their stove. 20, 12, 7, 13…it’s down to the last woman who triumphantly thrusts her number in the air “One!”

Picking their number
Picking their number
A woman with her sustainable stove
A woman with her sustainable stove
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