Traditional Guatemalan Stove.
Imagine cooking to trying to cook on this stove made of cement blocks. Imagine searching for wood for hours, knowing that how much wood you find depends on how long you can prepare food for your family. Imagine that the fumes from your stove infiltrate your entire living space, affect the health of your entire family, and cause breathing difficulties for even your youngest children?
This is the reality that most Guatemalan families experience every day.
But Open Windows Foundation is on a quest to make a difference. Through our Eco Stove program, we have the goal of providing 500 stoves for families of the children in our program. We are already beginning to achieve this goal.
A family of volunteers who gave their time to Open Windows in May also donated three Eco Stoves at the end of the volunteer experience... one for each member of the family. Now, three months later, three Guatemalan families have a more efficient way to cook, reduced carbon emissions, and significantly improved air quality and health.
New Eco Stoves impact multiple generations:
Donata and her granddaughter with their new stove. Their old stove is pictured above.
Three generations of the Timotea family with their new stove.
Rafaela and her new stove.
When an Eco Stove is donated, it has a multiplier effect. Not only can mothers cook more efficiently, but the health and well being of their entire family is improved.
You can help an Open Windows family no matter where you are in the world. Email our Co-Founder Teresa Quinonez at OpenwinowsTeresa@gmail.com to donate an Eco Stove today. We need your help to reach our goal of 500 Eco Stoves!