The Himalayan Stove Project was honored to be included in the 2013-14 Annual Report
“Since the project was piloted in 2010, indoor air pollution has been reduced by 90 percent. Fuel use has been reduced by 75 percent, and food is cooked faster.”
— Yale Jones, Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro, New Mexico, USA
Reducing air pollution, improving health in Nepal
One in eight deaths worldwide is caused by air pollution, making it the largest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization. Household air pollution alone accounts for 4.3 million deaths a year.
“More than 3 billion people around the world cook on open fires and stoves, burning biomass fuels such as wood, dung, and crop waste,” says Yale Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Milagro in New Mexico, USA. Along with causing widespread injuries, Jones says this method also harms the environment.
To combat this epidemic in Nepal, the Taos-Milagro club mobilized clubs in several countries to support the Himalayan Stove Project. Founded by Rotary member George Basch, the organization has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal.
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Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians can participate in the Himalayan Stove Project in several ways:
#1 – General Participation
Each Club, as part of its individual club International Program can make a contribution to the Himalayan Stove project – $500; $1,000, or more (some clubs are giving $2,000 and $5,000, annually).
Individual Rotarians can make tax deductible(US) contributions as well, diredtly to the Himalayan Stove Project – a US 501-c-3 organization.
Go to the Donation Page
#2 – Partnering with other Rotary Clubs
There is strength (and financial leverage) in numbers, whether it’s a simple alliance of several clubs (including a Nepal partner club), or a Global Grant.
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We’ve been honored with two really great stories published in December 2014 in two Rotary publications.
Enjoy them here:
From Smoky to Smoke Free – Rotary News (S. Asia) December 2014
When the Going Gets Tough – Envirofit Clean Cookstove – The Rotarian – Global – December 2014
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