We have been building energy efficient stoves in Honduras for the past five years. We have recently checked in to see how the stoves and more importantly the families are doing. The health of the families in which we work has improved enormously as energy efficient stoves are virtually smokeless leading to less respiratory infections. The structures themselves are still in perfectly operative condition.
An energy efficient stove is built to last approximately 20 years. Energy efficient stoves are approximately 50% more efficient than an open fire. These stoves are also a safer method of cooking for the communities. Previous methods of cooking with two stone fires resulted in many burns.
In addition to the saving in greenhouse gas emissions, the reduced need for firewood leads to a corresponding reduction in the amount of time spent collecting the material. They provide more food in less time making them perfect for large quantities.
We would like to share the most recent trustee report from the GVI Charitable Trust. This report covers the six month period from July to December 2011.
This has been by far the most successful period. In six months we have raised nearly as much as we did the whole previous year. This increase in funding has brought a corresponding increase in the impact we have been able to create on our programs around the world.
During this period we have invested in sustainable education across Latin America. This includes support for the elderly in Guatemala and income generation schemes to support education in Honduras and Ecuador. In Mexico we have worked with a community to establish a recycling centre and in Kenya our partners in Mombasa will now see impoverished students complete primary education to earn qualifications for the first time.
These are just a few highlights of an amazing, productive and rewarding six months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and played a crucial role in these achievements.
We are delighted to share that GVI have just been announced winners of the best volunteer organization category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who voted for and supported us.
GVI volunteers work on this project throughout the year making important hands on contributions to our work. The attached article explains some of the impact made on our project in Guatemala and elsewhere thanks to everyone’s hard work and support.
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