Eco Stoves and Water Filtration Systems
Many families in rural Guatemala rely on wood fuel for cooking and heating. Cooking on open fires is linked to respiratory problems caused by the release of toxic smoke and, according to the Guatemalan National Forest Institute (INAB), harvesting trees for firewood is one of the primary causes of deforestation. Deforestation diminishes air quality and increases the risk of mud slides for families living along and at the base of Guatemala’s numerous mountains.
The Eco Stove is the perfect solution for families who use open fires. The Eco Stove, made of a metallic structure and a pumice stone chamber, is designed to maximize heat output and minimize heat loss for efficiency. In addition, the Eco Stove directs smoke away from families through its uniquely designed chimney system. Eco Stoves require nearly 50% less wood than an open pit fire creating a healthy environment and minimizing the need for wood. Its small size allows it to be transported by only two people.
Many Guatemalan families also rely on unprotected and untreated water. According to the Guatemalan Ministry of Health, contaminated water sources is one of the main causes of preventable diseases. Families for Families, in partnership with our sister organization, Asociacion de Familia a Familia, offers a unique Water Filtration System that eliminates nearly 100% of the harmful bacteria from water, improves its taste and removes unpleasant odors. Filters are made of clay, sawdust and colloidal silver; can hold 20 liters of water and provide a source of clean water for a family of 6 to 10 members. The Eco Stove and Water Filtration System are installed in combination. The total cost for products, as well as delivery, installation, replacement filters, and training on how to use them is $450. A donation of any amount to Families for Families will support projects like this and help us protect families and the environment by providing clean air and water.
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