The 2012 mission, with support from S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation saw the start of the Stove Program. The purpose of the program is to replace the open fires that many of the people maintain all the time in their homes with a compact fully enclosed and properly vented stove.
The primary benefit is better health for the people as it eliminates the need for living in a smoke filled room. Respiratory disease is a big problem in the area and this will go a long way to minimizing that issue.
The new enclosed stoves also reduce the need for firewood by 30% to 50% while at the same time providing a good surface upon which to cook.
In late 2011 we sent 6 representatives from Timushan, Pena Blanca, Volcancito and Campanario to Antigua, Guatemala to be trained by S.H.A.R.E. Subsequently S.H.A.R.E. provided $2,000 and 2 expert builders who worked with the leaders in La Union to teach them how to build the stove. As part of this initiative 2 stoves were built in each of Timushan, Pena Blanca and Volcancito.
The local people will now show others how to build the stoves to ensure the expertise is spread as widely as possible. The material cost of building a stove is approximately $250.00.
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