Most families in rural Guatemala still cook on open fires. This not only causes multiple health problems but also destroys the environment. For just $140 we can provide a clean cooking stove for a family to avoid further health issues and deforestation. 5,300 families have already received a vented, safe Chapina stove improving the lives of over 27,200 people. But the waiting list is very long and our goal is to install another 100 stoves in the upcoming months. Please help us reach our goal!
In Guatemala, indigenous women spend 6 - 8 hours every day cooking on indoor open fires. These cook stoves expose families to toxic smoke resulting in chronic illnesses including respiratory problems, eye irritations, chronic cough, and headaches. Children in the kitchen risk life-threatening burns. They are especially vulnerable especially to the coronavirus. Excessive consumption of wood causes deforestation and has a devastating impact on the environment.
Efficient, vented Chapina stoves transform the way women cook in rural Guatemala. The stove vents 99.9% of toxic smoke outside and uses 70% less wood. Cooking time is reduced because tortillas can be made while pots are cooking on the same surface. Burns are eliminated and health of the entire family improves. The women are trained to be able to install their own stove and use it correctly.
The long-term benefits are less health issues, stronger humans and less environmental issues. We make sure the stoves are correctly used through follow-up visits, monitoring and evaluations by our project coordinator. Our goal is to find the funding for all 400 families that are currently on our waiting list.
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