As the year moves into the final third, we have managed to build many stoves in the community around Copán. We have also trained up a local mason to be able to help us build more and bring the project more sustainable. Over the coming year we hope to have all the houses with the new stoves and be able to move into another community aswell. The difference in the lifestyles of the recipients so far has been monumental,with health issues decreasing.
Global Giving's first stove in the community of San Rafael was built in the school, to allow families to see how it works. All the families in the community,almost 50, are in need of such a stove, and through the course of next year (2008), with Global Giving, we plan to make inroads into this number.
Building of stoves progresses through GVI’s volunteer program, with each volunteer out there providing the funds to help families with stoves. The monies from GlobalGiving will help provide further stoves to the hundreds of families that have requested them, whilst at the same time providing employment for local labourers. A similar program in Ecuador has already raised almost $5,000 through other funding sources.
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