We had an absolutely incredible trip with a fiesta for 350 in the village to wrap it all up this afternoon.
The fiesta today was absolutely incredible as the women who have the Ecocina catering business and have been feeding us at the factory every day stayed up until midnight last night making the "empanadas con pollo" and then got up at 4am to continue cooking. Rosanna arranged for individually wrapped pieces of birthday cake for everyone as well as a piñata that delighted all of the children. The first people to take a swing at it were Sanya, then Fernando (the current Rotary President), and then Bob Way. Read More..
The team here is doing absolutely fantastic work and everyone is having a great time. One of the houses where we were testing wood usage even made the local Rotarian cry. We entered a house that is a 10' x 12' circle of black plastic held up by tree trunks and when we asked how many lived there they said just the husband and his cross-eyed wife who was very ill. Read More..
This morning I was hoping to call everyone else before departure, but a series of events changed all of that.
The first call last night was from Sanya in Honduras asking me to go to Cabella's out by Gateway Mall, to buy two more scales. I did that before I went to Book Club last night and only missed the first part of the supper. Read More..
Thirty four volunteers are leaving soon for Copan Ruinas, Honduras. They are very excited to do Kitchen Performance Tests (KPTs) in each of 50 homes. These are all homes where the women are cooking over open fires and have never used a fuel-efficient stove. At the end of the testing each family will receive a stove in return for allowing us to do the tests. Read More..
Peter Schild, El Salvador Hola,
I would like to inform you that I work as an unpaid volunteer (65 + x years old) since one month 2 days per week in the factory of the Stove Team of Sonsonate, El Salvador.
Just by accident I visited the Stove Team factory about 8 weeks ago. When I first heard about producing stoves which are run by wood I was suspicious. But then I learnt about the danger of the exposure of smoke from traditional cookstoves and how important it is to reduce the amount of smoke. Although I live already more than 2 years in Central-America I have thought about the huge amount of wood cut every year for cooking purpose but never about the exposure of smoke. And reducing the amount of wood by nearly 70% when using the new designed stove will not only reduce the exposure of smoke, the cost of cooking for the poor but although decrease the huge amount of trees – estimated nearly 500,000 trees only in this small country like El Salvador – which every year are cut down. Therefore I’m glad to help a little bit the Stove team. Read More..