BENEFITING: ONE EQUAL HEART FOUNDATION
We need your help! We want to build fuel efficient Lorena Stoves in the homes of Tseltal families to protect from dangerous smoke particles, and protect natural resources in Chaipas, Mexico. Lorena stoves are fuel efficient stoves that burn in an enclosed chamber, using less fuel than traditional stoves. Indeed, local Tseltal people have taken Lorena stove technology and made it even more heat and cost efficient by decreasing the standard chamber. The heating unit is a distance from the edge of the stove, decreasing the chance of burns.
Traditional stoves resemble campfires with large metal pots suspended over burning wood, producing smoke that stays within the home. This smoke contains particulates that cause a range of diseases from bronchitis to pneumonia. In Chiapas, nearly 50% of children under the age of ten suffer from respiratory diseases. Because women and children spend the most time within the home, they suffer regularly from serious life-threatening burns. Additionally, traditional cooking methods use vast amounts of wood, a resource in short supply in hot, dry locations. Please help us to build these necessary stoves in Chiapas, Mexico.