2012-04 April Newsletter

Stove Update

Current stove production, as reported to the Environmental Protection Agency shows that our six factories distributed 11,807 fuel-efficient stoves in 2011.

These results show a marked increase from each one of the factories and do not include all of the stoves produced since the inception of StoveTeam. If we assume an average of six individuals in each family, then in 2011 alone we have affected over 70,842 individuals with StoveTeam sponsored factories. 

Change a Family’s Life this Mother’s Day

Nancy Hughes, a mother and grandmother, began improving the health of mothers and children when she started StoveTeam International. You too can change lives in Mexico and Central America for only $50.00 by donating a stove to a family in honor of an important mother in your life. By donating a stove, you can improve the lives of 5-8 individuals. 

Make your donation online or mail a check today to:

StoveTeam International, PO Box 51025, Eugene, OR, 97405. 

Please be sure to indicate where you would like your acknowledgement card sent.

Volunteers Home from Honduras

StoveTeam returned to Copan Ruinas and San Jose de las Lagrimas, Honduras in March. In November, StoveTeam volunteers measured wood consumption in this poor village where each mother cooked over an open fire . In return for allowing us in their homes for a week, each family in the village received an Ecocina stove.

Prior to the introduction of the Ecocina stove, an average family was cutting and burning 40 pounds of dry wood per day.

In March, students from the University of Oregon returned for the second round of testing and we will be evaluating the data they collected to see how much wood the Ecocina has saved. Twenty-two undergraduate students and ten other StoveTeam volunteers participated as part of an 'alternative spring break' through the Holden Leadership Center.

“It made me realize the profound changes that Stove Team can achieve,” said Oregon State University professor Anuncia Escala. “I wasn’t aware how much wood is needed to cook on an open fire and how much deforestation is due to the practice of gathering wood.  Families who used the Ecocina used much less wood. Their eating area was also cleaner.”

The students tested stoves in the morning, and in the afternoon expanded the factory by building a new tile roof and cement floor. During the evenings they spent time at the home of local archaeologist David Sedat and learned about the famous Mayan ruins of Copan.

A number of the students had never before traveled out of the country nor had they been to Latin America and their lives were changed by the experience.

“The people of San Jose de las Lagrimas…embraced and welcomed us in a way I have never experienced,” said one student. “The kids took it upon themselves to remember all of our names, even though it was so challenging to pronounce some of them, they tried anyway. The people of San Jose de las Lagrimas and their capacity to accept us entering their homes, despite our many differences, was something I will hold with me forever.”

We will be returning to Honduras in early November. Join us! You can learn more here.  Sign up today as the life you change may be your own.

Nancy Hughes Receives Ken Goyer Humanitarian Service Award

The late Ken Goyer--Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club member and founder of Aid Africa--represented the best in human service: he significantly affected the lives of people in Africa and the Americas while remaining humble. The Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club honored Nancy Hughes with the Ken Goyer Humanitarian Service Award for 2012 on Thursday, April 5th. In 2011 the award was given to Dr. Larry Winiarski, who developed the rocket stove and is the technical director at Aprovecho Research Center. Dr. Winiarski designed the Ecocina stove for StoveTeam International.

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