More than 80% of Nicaragua’s population relies on the traditional three-stone fire for cooking. Cooking over these fires has some serious repercussions, including serious burns to children who fall into the fires, the deaths of more than 1.6 million women and children each year from excessive smoke inhalation, massive deforestation from the use of firewood, hernias from hauling heavy loads of wood, and extreme economical impact on families constantly buying firewood.
Most of these problems can be reduced or eliminated simply by replacing the traditional 3-stone fire with a newer upright stove design. These more efficient, upright stoves cost in the range of $40 – $125 depending on design, manufacturing, and distribution costs. A fuel efficient cookstove can reduce wood use and therefore deforestation up to 60%. One clean burning stove reduces deaths from smoke inhalation, reduces burns to children and frees up two days a week for parents to devote to their families and even start their own business.
This means that for a relatively small amount of money and a few hours of time we can change the lives of one family for generations. You can be the one to start making a real difference by
- 80% of Nicaragua’s poulation still cooks by burning biomass.
- A fuel efficient cookstove can reduce a family’s wood use up to 60% therefore freeing up money, time and energy.
- One clean burning cooking stove can reduce the toxic smoke families inhale (the equivlant of 2 packs of cigarettes a day).
- The upright stove design eliminates burns to children by raising the cooking surface off the ground.
CURRENT PROJECT FOCUS
Our partnership with El Porvenir highlights our current project focus in Nicaragua.
Families who choose to receive a more efficient stove will help in its construction, helping them better understand its workings and its use. In addition, stoves will initially be installed in the homes of families who help with reforestation projects in their community.
The stoves on this project will be constructed out of concrete and will have a chimney directing toxic smoke out of the kitchen. The concrete design conserves and directs heat more efficiently than traditional stoves. This conserves firewood needed, therefore adding to our reforestation efforts.
The impacts on this project are a direct tie-in between our and programs.