Eliminating Deadly Open Fires in Latin America

$25 $14,975
Raised Remaining


The ONIL Stove eliminates toxic smoke and vastly reduces burns/respiratory problems, and minimizes wood consumption up to 70%. The time saved in gathering wood allows for economic development.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

HELPS’ concern about Accute Respiratory Illnesses, burns and deadly gases led to developing the ONIL Stove. Compared to open fires, it uses only 30% of wood and is safe to touch: the smoke is vented, eliminating gases. This stove eliminates the risk of burns and improves overall health. Guatemala is estimated to need one million stoves, an amount that will double in twenty years. All stoves are manufactured in country, creating employment for workers, suppliers, technicians, and installers.

How will this project solve this problem?

HELPS installs stoves through volunteers and trains villagers with a technician’s help; villagers in turn train their neighbors. Each village will have at least three follow-up visits from a technician to ensure that the stoves are properly used.

Potential Long Term Impact

By installing 1.3 million ONIL Stoves in Guatemala, we will be able to eliminate toxic smoke, burns and respiratory problems and reduce wood use up to 70%, benefitting the health and safety of most rural Guatemalan families.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $25

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $25 .  The original project funding goal was $15,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 2 donors like you, a total of $25 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Donald O'Neal

Special Projects Director and Vice President
Addison, TX United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Eliminating Deadly Open Fires in Latin America