Empowering communities to safeguard their health and their environment
We help people and nature support each other with environmental education, job security, and stoves that reduce deforestation and disease.
Across the globe, demand for wood is rapidly depleting forests that support vulnerable species. In Mexico, deforestation in the monarch butterfly’s home ruins the insulating effects of the forest in winter. In Uganda, the mountain gorilla’s habitat is shrinking away.
Nearly 3 billion people around the globe cook on open fires inside their homes. Many children suffer burns from open flames and hot coals. Diseases caused by breathing smoke make indoor cooking fires the leading cause of death in the developing world, especially for women and children.
Local economies depend on eco-tourism driven by their unique wildlife, with tourists flocking to the monarch butterfly migration in Mexico and the mountain gorillas in Uganda. The loss of these charismatic species would also mean the loss of thousands of livelihoods.
Our stoves protect forests by reducing local dependence on firewood, leaving habitats in-tact. Stable ecosystems help vulnerable species, such as the monarch butterfly, survive on a changing planet.
Our chimneys funnel smoke out of houses so that everyone in the family breathes cleaner air. Children can play inside safely, since the fire is off the ground and contained in cool brick walls.
Through our programs, women become spokespeople for health issues, children learn about the importance of conservation, and men learn to build stoves that protect their families and their environment.
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