What We Do & Why We Do It

The Himalayan Stove Project is a US Based, not-for-profit philanthropic project.

We believe that each of us have a moral responsibility to ‘give back’ to this world.

We believe in the conservation of nature, improving people’s health and transforming the lives, of individuals, families and communities, one clean cookstove at a time.

We are dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the trans-Himalayan region.

We provide free, clean-burning, highly fuel-efficient, vented cook stoves to individuals and families who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.

Anyone who has had a meal, let alone spent a night, in a home where food is cooked over a wood or yak-dung fire immediately relates to the life-changing benefits our stoves provide.

Replacing open cooking fires and inefficient stoves in remote villages furthers our goals to improve health and quality of life and to reduce environmental damage in this fragile and sensitive ecosystem.

Health is improved by reducing indoor air pollution (the fourth largest global health problem according to the World Health Organization); the health of the environment is protected by reducing de-forestation and reducing carbon emissions, and quality of life is improved by reducing the amount of time families spend in the endless task of foraging for fuel.

And, on a global basis, we are helping to bring awareness to the devastating effects of household air pollution (HAP),

Did you know?

  • Household Air Pollution (HAP) is the single most important environmental risk factor overall, globally, and particularly in poor regions, affecting over 3 billion people worldwide, almost one half of the world’s population.
  • There are 4 million deaths annually attributable to HAP from cooking fuel. That’s larger than deaths from outdoor air pollution and smoking.
  • Most of the impact is in adults, but 500,000 deaths occur annually in children from ALRI diseases, like pneumonia.
  • This makes HAP the fourth largest cause of death in the world.

Donations can be made on-line via this website

The Himalayan Stove Project is a program of the Paul Basch Memorial Foundation (an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization).

Paul Basch Memorial Foundation
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