2012-09 September Newsletter

Cookstove Intervention Study in Honduras

StoveTeam is very excited to be a part of a study on the impacts of indoor air pollution on cardiovascular health with Colorado State University. While indoor air pollution has been linked to increased risks for respiratory diseases, few studies have examined the cardiovascular effects of open fires and traditional cookstoves.

For this project, the CSU researchers will join our team trip in November to Honduras to identify communities interested in participating. Families who join the study will receive an Ecocina stove after the baseline measurements, and then the CSU team will return twice more to interview the participants to take follow-up measurements.

In a previous cookstove study in Nicaragua, one year after stove installation the researchers observed declines in both air pollution and blood pressure levels. The blood pressure changes were largest among older and obese women. The CSU team has received funding from the American Heart Association, and StoveTeam is raising money to provide 100 stoves to the 100 families who will participate in this study.

Please help us provide stoves for these families so we can show the world the impact of fuel-efficient stoves. $50 will provide a stove for one family and benefit between five and eight people. Donate a stove here. Please be sure to note that your contribution is for this study. 

Volunteer Profile: Lexi Stickel

This summer we've had the privilege to work with Lexi Stickel, a University of Oregon graduate student who helped organize students for the Alternative Spring Break StoveTeam trip to Honduras. When she heard about StoveTeam's kitchen performance testing in the village of San Jose de las Lagrimas, she offered to help enter data. She did a great job prior to her trip to Oaxaca. We were delighted when she asked to intern with StoveTeam during August and September. She has been assisting with volunteer coordination, educational materials development, and the improvement of kitchen performance testing data sheets.

This year, Lexi will be completing concurrent Master’s of Arts degrees in Conflict & Dispute Resolution and International Studies at the University of Oregon.  Lexi will finish her thesis on the Latino population in community mediation centers and has gained a better understanding of community development and program evaluation through her work with StoveTeam.  She is also hoping to participate in a future StoveTeam trip.  

Thank you, Lexi, for your hard work!

Honduras Trip Spaces Available

Learn how to make stoves, conduct a kitchen performance test in a Honduran village, and get your hands dirty with construction projects at our factory in Copan Ruinas, Honduras! 

The November 3-11th StoveTeam trip to Honduras has just four spaces left. The trip is limited to the first twenty applicants and no special skills are necessary, only an enthusiastic attitude and flexible nature. Spanish skills are helpful but not required. 

The eight-day trip costs $950, which covers in-country lodging, meals, transportation, and project supplies. Airfare to and from San Pedro Sula is additional.

Apply now to make sure we save a place for you! Sign up here.

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