THINK GLOBAL, GO LOCAL -- CEDESOL will provide 11 schools in the impoverished Toro Toro municipality with clean biomass cook-stoves, working closely with 2,500 students, teachers and parents to equip them with stove training and environmental education that will empower women and children, promote students' educational access, prevent indoor smoke inhalation, and lower global carbon output.
95% of the population in the Toro Toro municipality relies on wood for fuel and uses traditional smokey cooking methods that contribute to climate change, deforestation, and long-term respiratory illnesses. Here, children are assigned wood gathering duties for homework and at school, sacrificing classroom time so their parents can inhale smoke to cook their meals. From generation to generation, communities lack education on best environmental and health practices, a vicious cycle of poverty.
CEDESOL will install institutional clean cook-stoves in 11 Toro Toro schools; instruct over 2,500 students, parents, and teachers on stove usage and benefits; educate students ages 9-18 about nutrition, the environment, and waste management; host contests and student-led "green patrols" between schools to perpetuate long-term environmental consciousness; ultimately promoting best environmental and health practices in order to change the harmful habits and customs within a community.
For 13 years, with 10,000 rocket stoves and solar cookers distributed, CEDESOL has been able to offset over half a million tons of carbon, unburden women and children from the duties of cooking and collecting fire-wood, and provide opportunities for independence and financial liberty. This project will continue this mission by empowering students, parents, and teachers to improve well-being, health, and environmental practices by equipping them with the knowledge and power of solar cook-stoves.