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 ...
Feb 18, 2016

Kicking Off Year 4!

As we kick off another year in the evolution of our Safe, Energy Efficient Stove Program we are energized by the continued enthusiasm for this project in communities and from supporters like you!

Moving forward, reducing high rates of respiratory illness and burns, particularly common and dangerous for young children, remains our top priority. In order to achieve this, we must build on our progress by expanding our reach to more families in need, but of equal importance is our on-going work to ensure the long-term success of as many of our stoves as possible. We believe that we must do more than purchase materials and build new stoves - each and every stove must be executed thoughtfully to promote longevity and sustainability. This includes:

  • Prioritizing families with the greatest need.
  • Gaining family buy-in through education and home visits.
  • Requiring each family to make a small monetary contribution to their stove and prepare for construction.
  • Employing a local mason to lead the construction of each stove and remain the point-person for any future repairs and adjustments.
  • Respecting cultural traditions and responding to family feedback.
  • Monitoring and evaluating air quality, efficiency, general operation and the condition of stoves annually.

We are looking forward to the year ahead and updating you on our progress along the way. Together we can advance health and aid vulnerable families in a big way! 

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Nov 20, 2015

120 Stoves - Every Single One Makes a Difference.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. We know the very tough circumstances facing communities and families on the ground in rural Guatemala, but we are encouraged when we see families doing better because of high impact programs like safe, energy efficient stoves. So far this year, we have been able to positively impact the health and well-being of 20 families through our stove program. This brings our total number of stoves constructed to date to 120 - benefiting more than 1,000 people in Guatemala!

Here are the basics of why our clean cookstove program is so special:

  • All 120 stoves are in use.
  • It saves lives and improves important health outcomes for entire families - especially young children.
  • It saves money.
  • It saves time.
  • It saves the environment.
  • It's built by local people for local needs.
  • It supports our other home-based programs, including: Organic Home Gardens, Infant and Toddler Feeding, Water Filters and Eco-toilets.

We think this is all pretty awesome, but there are more families we need to reach. You can help us do this by sharing your support of our project with your social network, friends, family and colleagues this holiday season. Together, we can accomplish even more and stove-by-stove we can positively change more lives.

We appreciate your continued generosity and support. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Aug 20, 2015

Working to reach our goal!

Since HRI launched it's Safe, Energy Efficient Stove program in late 2012, our goal has been to create an efficient and high impact program that complements our other work to sustainably improve the health and well-being of children and families. One-by-one these stoves are transforming lives and living conditions - while also cooking a perfect tortilla! Win-win-win.

In order to keep winning, our team is constantly working to strengthen the program and reach more families in need. This year our goal is to construct 50 new stoves. Thanks to a generous grant and individual supporters like you, we are happy to report that we are close to reaching half of our goal, but we know we can make even more progress over the next 4 months. We ask that you share your support of our stove program with your family and friends. Every bit of support matters and makes a big difference to a family. 

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