Health
 Guatemala
Project #12181

Safe, Energy Efficient Cookstoves in Guatemala

by Hunger Relief International
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Summary

Traditional wood burning stoves found in rural homes in Guatemala emit deadly indoor air pollution. As a result, respiratory illness is the leading cause of death for children under 5. Sustainable stoves provide extremely poor, rural families with immediate, lifesaving relief for women and children, the primary victims of this deadly indoor pollution. These stoves utilize chimneys to remove smoke from the home and utilize 75% less wood, preserving the environment and subsequent deforestation.
$35,000
total goal
$25,802
remaining
77
donors
1
monthly donor
3
years active

Challenge

In Guatemala respiratory illness is the leading of cause of death for children under 5. In rural areas where few can afford modern cooking stoves or fuel such as propane, traditional wood fires are inside homes with little to no ventilation creating a dangerous living environment and chronically exposing women and children to smoke. The heavy need for fire wood increases deforestation, pollution and subsequent watershed destruction creating further vulnerability within these poor communities.

Solution

Safe, Energy Efficient Cookstoves serve traditional roles while implementing a basic sustainable design. They are used like traditional stoves but use 75% less firewood, maintain heat more efficiently, and are raised off the ground to prevent accidents and injury, especially for children.They also feature a chimney to remove smoke and toxic fumes from the homes. These stoves conserve trees and watershed, save families time and money and create a safer and healthier living environment.

Long-Term Impact

Education is critical for long term success of this project. Families and community members are directly involved in the construction of every stove and HRI provides education to the community about the harsh effects of smoke exposure to themselves and their children. Creating healthier environments indoors for women and children, educating families, as well as conserving trees and watersheds are long term benefits which become greater over time.

Resources

http:/​/​www.hungerreliefinternational.org
The HRI Sustainable Stove Project Video on Vimeo

Organization Information

Hunger Relief International

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.hungerreliefinternational.org
Project Leader:
Rachel Zelon
Tecumseh, OK United States

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