BENEFITING: MUTE SWAN
Raising fund for the HELPS International medical and community development program in Guatemala. The funds will cover travel for volunteers, supplies and other expenses.
To alleviate medical problems in Guatemala's rural indigenous areas, HELPS International believes in providing US hospital standard healthcare from highly trained medical/surgical teams to the rural population. Alleviating suffering through medical care promotes a positive healthcare attitude among the rural population, and serves to lessen the burden on major medical centers in the cities.
The cornerstone of HELPS International's development philosophy is the belief in an integrated approach with a variety of HELPS programs in order to assist communities in the developing world. HELPS recruits volunteer groups to implement such projects as the ONIL stove installations, school construction, potable water systems, and concrete floors for homes.
THE ONIL STOVE
For centuries the indigenous population, the Mayan, have cooked their meals using open flame three-stone fires on the floors of their one room homes . This traditional method of cooking is the cause of rampant medical and environmental problems throughout rural Guatemala. After an investigation of the cultural and technological factors surrounding three-stone fires, HELPS International developed the "ONIL" Stove: a durable stove that minimizes smoke and burns, and reduces wood use by 70%.
HELPS International, organized in 1984, is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that partners with individuals, businesses, corporations, local and national governments to alleviate poverty in Latin America. HELPS integrated programs include: healthcare, education, community and economic development, and agricultural innovations in order to improve the quality of life for the indigenous people of Latin America. Visit http://www.helpsintl.org/ for more information.