With Rotary,
in a Global, Collaborative,
Outreach Partnership

George Basch and Ron Burton Rotary International

Ron Burton, President Rotary International 2013/2014 and “Chief Cook” George Basch – Santa Fe NM, June 2014


Making a Difference
with Rotary International










Himalayan Stove Project Recognized in the Rotary Annual Report

The Himalayan Stove Project was honored to be included in the 2013-14 Annual Report

Annual Report Image“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 4,000 clean-burning stoves in Nepal. With the additional benefits of our institutional stoves and the earthquake relief work we did in 2015, we HAVE AFFECTED THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE!

How much is 40,000 people? It would fill the Houston Astros Stadium – That’s a LOT of people

Rotary International

“The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons, united in the ideal of service”

“Service above self”

Rotary and the Himalayan Stove Project, Working Together

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.

Please contact us and let us help you: george@himalayanstoveproject.org


Rotary Articles

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


Rotary at a Glance

Rotary is a global service organization tackling the world’s major humanitarian challenges.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas are business and professional men and women leaders who volunteer their expertise and time to improve communities at home and in nearly every country in the world.

Top Priority: Polio Eradication

Launched PolioPlus program in 1985 to eradicate polio worldwide, and is “this close” to achieving that goal.

In 1988 Rotary Spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rotary and Rotarians, worldwide, have contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries against polio.

Rotary reached $200 million fundraising milestone in 2012 in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for polio eradication.

Areas of Focus

Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

Disease prevention and treatment

Water and sanitation

Maternal and child health

Basic education and literacy

Economic and community development

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