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Apr 25, 2014

Preparing for the Cookstove Fair in Candelaria

Women in El Balsamo reviewing improved cookstove
Women in El Balsamo reviewing improved cookstove

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In recent months, we’ve continued with our preparation of the 50 improved cookstoves project in Candelaria. The community leaders are excited about starting the project and we are preparing to implement baseline surveys in the upcoming weeks. The information collected will help us better understand how people are currently cooking and evaluate the impact of the new stoves on the community.

Additionally, we are preparing for the improved cookstove fair to be hosted in the community next month. Above, is a photo from an improved coostove fair in the neighboring community of El Balsamo from 2013. Community cookstove fairs are a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about the function and benefits of the improved cookstoves, try cooking on one, and determine which improved cookstove best meets the family’s cooking needs.

Stove construction begins shortly and your generous support helps us build 50 smoke free kitchens for rural Nicaraguan families.

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Jan 23, 2014

50 Smoke-free Kitchens in 2014!

Building chimneys for the improved cookstoves
Building chimneys for the improved cookstoves

Dear Friends,

Thank you for helping us kick-off our improved cookstove campaign. We greatly appreciate everyone’s generous support on this initiative. 

With the funds raised in recent months, we’ve starting preparing for the installation of the 50 improved cookstoves in Candelaria. We are excitedly preparing initial stove parts and printed materials to launch the cookstove project in the community. Above, local stove technician, Bryam Bolaños constructs chimneys for the new improved cookstoves.

In the upcoming months we look forward to working with the community to organize an improved cookstove fair to demonstrate the stoves in the communities.  At the community cookstove fair, we will explain the function and benefits of the stoves to the local families, help families select the improved cookstove model that best meets the family’s cooking needs and then begin local stove construction!

Also, if you haven’t already, like Green Empowerment and our Service Learning Page on Facebook.

Thank you again for your continued support to help us build smoke free kitchens for rural Nicaraguan families.

Nov 6, 2013

Final Report for the River Turbine in Colombia

The completed, award-winning river turbine is going in a new funding direction, and the project is becoming broader in scope. Our lead technician with in-country partner, APROTEC, is now applying for funding through other sources. Future funding will be used for requests from three communities to deploy river ice facilities for Villa Fátima on the River Vaupés, for Asogagumuy on the River Guarrojo, and for Calahorra on the River Atrato. River ice is a cooling system which operates year-round, and independent of the supply of conventional fuels.

Many rural communities in proximity to rivers i.e. the Amazon River, the Orinoco River, the Zambezi, Congo and the Nile, live on fishing and the fish trade without the possibility of maintaining stocks through refrigeration. In these regions, cooling is often as important as electricity.

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