Rotary Annual Report 2013-14

Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation

The Himalayan Stove Project was honored to be included in the Annual Report

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making-a-difference-together “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


Fighting Disease

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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