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 ...
Aug 12, 2016

Changing the Cooking Norm

HRI staff member, Xiomara, giving a cooking lesson
HRI staff member, Xiomara, giving a cooking lesson

We know that building strong communities requires responding to serious public health challenges with specific and effective solutions that resonate with beneficiaries. As such, HRI continues working hand-and-hand with vulnerable families and communities to address the critical problem of indoor air pollution which is the result of open wood fire cookstoves. Cooking should not be deadly. Through education and the construction of our cookstoves, cooking can be safe, better for the environment, and food can still taste good.

Whether we are building new stoves, monitoring performance of existing stoves or implementing cooking trainings, we are witnessing a positive wave of change and continued enthusiasm for the program in communities. Norma, a recipient of a new HRI stove in Guatemala, described her personal experience like this:

“I am very happy and grateful that HRI helped me to have a new plancha [safe, energy efficient] stove – it has helped a lot. Before, I used loads of firewood, smoke was trapped in the house all the time, and ash was in every part of my home. With my old stove, my daughters were constantly coughing and I burned my arms all the time. It is different now, the smoke goes out the chimney, I don’t use nearly as much firewood, my girls don’t cough and I cannot even remember the last time I burned my arms.” 

Thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our efforts to create a new normal for cooking that saves lives.

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May 16, 2016

It's about saving lives with stoves built to last.

It's not just about the number of stoves we build, it's about the lifesaving impact we are having on the most vulnerable families and children. As we continue our efforts to improve the health and well-being of children and their families, we always strive to reach those with the greatest need. Eliminating smoke in the home with safer cookstoves helps us prevent serious respiratory illness and aids our on-going efforts to save the lives of extremely fragile children who already have severely compromised immune systems. Our close relationship with communities helps us reach the highest-need children and families first.

It's also about the quality and longevity of every stove. The long-term sustainability of our safer, more energy efficient cookstoves is important to us. This means that we work hard to ensure that the stoves already in place are maintained properly and continue protecting each family even after being in use for many years. Our local masons take pride in their craft and building solid, high quality stoves that stand the test of time and continual daily usage. In addition, our strong program oversight and presence on-the-ground allows us to frequently follow-up with families to help ensure the longevity of each stove.

We can't do it without you. Your continued support allows us to maintain and expand this lifesaving program now and in the future. Our sincere gratitude!

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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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