2012-02 February Newsletter

Edgar’s Story

In a small community called Las Guias, just outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, lives a family of the same name in a one-room house. The family comprises of a grandmother, mother and father, and their two sons, Edgar, 13 and Israel, 11.

Edgar suffers from Guillain- Barre syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder. He has had a tracheotomy performed, and spends his days in a wheelchair.

Edgar's mother cooked on an open fire in close proximity to the house, which blew smoke into their home and further endangered Edgar's health. The family needed help to make the house safe for Edgar and a little more comfortable for everyone.

The Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday pitched in to provide the family with an Ecocina stove, among other items.

According to the family, the Ecocina has made a significant positive impact on their lives, not only in the reduction of harmful smoke emissions from open fire but also in the cost savings in the amount of wood required for cooking.

Volunteer Profile: Tom and Patti Barkin

StoveTeam's work would not be possible without the wonderful support we receive from our volunteers. This month we would like you to meet Tom and Patti Barkin, two fabulous volunteers who joined us on our last volunteer trip to Copan Ruinas, Honduras in November 2011.

Here's what Tom and Patti had to say about their recent experience with StoveTeam:

"It was really a pleasure to work on the Stove Team Honduras trip. We spent over a week in Copan Ruinas with the most interesting, committed, and hard working people that you can imagine. Teachers, lawyers, engineers, craftsmen, builders, farmers, a dentist, you name it, they were in our group.

Over the course of the week, we built stoves, a fence, and a mechanical lift. We measured and calculated wood consumption, visited the homes in a village with no running water or electricity, and installed stoves in the villagers' homes. And, we also played. The local Rotarians fed us, danced with us, sang with us and celebrated into the night. We even got some time off to walk through the Mayan Ruins just outside the city. We returned home safe and sound with the knowledge that we had done some important work and that we had a great time doing it."

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to StoveTeam, Patti and Tom!

Warm Someone's Heart

Looking for a unique, heart-warming gift for a loved one?

The gift of a stove provides a family in Mexico or Central America with an opportunity to breathe clean air, cook food efficiently, and reduce deforestation.

A donation of $50 purchases a stove for a Mexican or Central American family in need.

Donate here or mail a check to:

"StoveTeam International"
P.O. Box 51025
Eugene, OR 97405

Please indicate where you would like an acknowledgment card sent.

ISO International Workshop

Nancy Sanford Hughes will be traveling to Amsterdam at the end of February to participate in the first International Organization for Standardization (ISO) international workshop, an exciting development in working towards globally recognized standards for cookstoves.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

The University of Oregon is having its 30th annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference March 1st-4th. StoveTeam will be there with information about our work. Drop by and say hi! 

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