Clean Air, Clean Water, Light. When was the last time you spent an hour or a day without any one of these resources? Many of our friends in Guatemala do...every day. You can help!
Over the years Ismael and Orfe and SewHope groups have educated the people about the need for outdoor stoves and clean water. Many families have started to use them, but other families are not able to afford these simple devices. Will you help?
Each stove (estufa) costs Q320 ($40). Ismael believes that a fair price for the poor is Q100 ($12.50).
Why the stoves? Many cook with indoor fires. This causes harm to the eyes and respiratory systems, and cancers are more likely to develop. Our stoves are portable and can be placed outdoors. The current stoves also use lots of wood while ours require only small amounts. Wood supplies near some villages may be exhausted causing some, including the elderly, to walk great distances to get firewood. Firewood from a local vendor can also be expensive diverting monies from other necessities.
Each water filter costs Q60 and the bucket doubles the cost to Q120 ($15). Ismael believes that a fair price for the poor is Q60. Ismael would pre-assemble the device.
Why the water filters? I do not think that this needs any explanation.
Each solar light costs Q225 ($28). Ismael believes a fair price is Q200 ($25).
Why the lamps? Many have no access to or are not able to afford electricity. Candles or lanterns are used. The children cannot read or do homework in the evening which is likely the only time to study after walking to and from school and then participating in family chores or jobs. Light also reduces security risks for families. These are solar powered lights.
If a family needed all three items, the total cost would be Q665 ($85). We believe that a family would be able to pay Q360 ($45). We at SewHope are seeking are donors to supplement the difference of $40. Are you able to help?
SewHope has 96 stoves, 100 water filters and 92 solar lights on hand making this a $4,000 project.
If you are someone who...
...wants to and is able to help,
...has passion for the environment,
...wants to move the Millennium Development Goals forward,
...needs a project for your school, classroom or club,
...is looking for service in the Thanksgiving or Christmas season,
...just plain wants to help...
Click here. www.sewhope.com It takes you to the Donate section of the SewHope website. In the comment section, please indicate that your donation is to be used for the Air, Water and Light Project in Santa Ana.
Please share this request with your families and friends.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012