Rudy, Peter and Ismael - Our leaders in this project
As you think about having a campfire this summer, think about what it would be like to have the campfire IN YOUR HOME! This is the reality for families in rural Guatemala. Yes, as smoke fills the air, eyes burn, skin itches, children are burned...and over time, cancer develops, children die of respiratory disease and unborn babies become growth retarded.
Rudy Gonzalez is the director of an organization in Guatemala called "Living to Serve". He is currently working with us to implement community health programs in the Petén which include safe stoves pictured here. These stoves are economical and highly desired by the women in the communities. They eliminate open fires in the homes, cannot burn children who might touch them and require far less firewood than conventional cooking techniques in Guatemala.
We are so very proud to say that SewHope now has an answer. We are now able to offer a "public health package" that will dramatically improve their health. We have asked them to contribute a very small amount (about $40) so that they can feel that they are contributing to the well-being of their families and so that they will CHOOSE to be a part of this effort. SewHope pays an additional $400 for this health "package" which includes: 1. A fuel-efficient, safe and culturally acceptable stove with a chimney. 2. A water filter that will provide their family with clean, safe water which prevent diarrhea, parasites and malnutrition. 3. A "tippy tap" that they can use to clean their hands thus preventing disease spread. 4. Seeds to start a vegetable garden 5. A solar light so they can see in their homes after sunset. 6. Classes about ways that they can improve their health. Classes include: a. guidance in the use of these products. b. Training in nutrition, personal hygiene, home hygiene, and community hygiene. c. Training in ways to prevent childhood disease and death.
As you enjoy your summer campfires this year, won't you consider helping us with this program? Every $400 we raise keeps a whole family from developing a host of diseases.