Sunday, March 30, 2014

Update on our Wood Stove project

Update on Wood Stove project.  We have now installed over 140 stoves in Chan Chen and the surrounding village.

For thousands of years the women of Chan Chen cooked on three-stone fires inside their one-room palapa homes leading to…

Excessive smoke inhalation being the leading cause of death in Mayan children under the age of five, according to the World Health Organization.
Children and adults being terribly burned due to falling into the fire.
Having over two times the safe level of carbon monoxide gas in their living environment.
Spending hours daily gathering wood to burn.
Black soot covering their living space.
High rates of Acute Respiratory Infections.
We have found a durable stove that minimizes smoke and burns and reduces wood use by 70% while maintaining traditional Mayan cooking methods.
The ONIL Stove
The fire is contained in a clay-fired firebox in an insulated, durable stove that sits off the floor, thus minimizing the risk of burns
Vented by a galvanized steel chimney, the stove uses an efficient burning technology, and virtually eliminates smoke and deadly carbon monoxide in the home.
The ONIL stove reduces wood consumption by 70%, resulting in  a long-term benefit to the environment and a better quality of life for families.
Women who use the ONIL stove gain the equivalent of two days a week in time saved from gathering wood.

Please help us reach our goal of 300 stoves so all families can experience the benefits.