Alleviate the fourth-leading cause of death in developing countries by providing fuel-efficient stoves to poor families, helping to improve health and increase economic and educational opportunities.
Siete de Abril is a squatter village in Honduras that is home to over 300 people, over 200 of which are children, living in abject poverty.By providing more fuel efficient stoves we will improve health which leads to fewer missed school days for children, and having to collect less wood for the stoves frees up more time for earning money for the adults. This is also a study through a U.S. University that will lay the groundwork for similar programs elsewhere if there are significant results.
These stoves will reduce respiration related deaths. By measuring particulate matter in the air and closely monitoring the families' health we will have quantitative data in our study to confirm the importance of reducing indoor air pollution.
Fewer children will die from respiratory problems. Also, by having more efficient stove less time is spent sick or collecting wood, allowing for more educational and economic opportunities. These factors will help break the cycle of poverty.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Students Helping Honduras Website
Facebook group about the Indoor Air Pollution