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Welcome to Guatemala Stove Project

Mission Statement 

To assist in the relief of poverty, and improve the health and well being of the indigenous and other disadvantaged peoples of Guatemala, and of similar peoples in other areas. 

Charitable Status 

The GSP is a volunteer-driven registered Canadian charity under #871977617RR0001 and can issue tax receipts to Canadians for donations over $20.00 

News and Events

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Stove building continues – CEDEC mason Gerardo uses 4 legged transportation to trek stove building supplies to an isolated home in the mountains near Quetzaltenango.  300 cookstoves were documented with our 3 partner organizations in early 2024.

GSP 2024 AGM will be held in Perth on Tuesday June 25, 5:30 pm at Coutt’s Coffee Roastery and Café in Perth – in person and via Zoom. Contact info@guatemalastoveproject.org for more info or a Zoom invite.

Download and read the AGM Report 2022/2023

  • Volunteer Meetings are held every six weeks. Next meeting will be Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 pm at Coutt’s Cafe in Perth or via Zoom   Contact info@guatemalastoveproject.org for details or to receive a Zoom invite.  

Below – GSP Board of Directors – Phill Brackenbury, Janet Allan and Rob Boyer – at our June 2023 AGM

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Many thanks to all who participated in our November/December 2023 Fundraising Campaign! Thanks to you, our generous donors, we raised over $23,000.00 through the 32Auctions website and other donations. 

The annual Perth Dance and Silent Auction was also held in November. Over 150 tickets were sold and folks enjoyed dancing to the band Open Roads. Over $4,300 was raised.  The band was so popular they have been booked again for November 16, 2024!

Many Thanks to Bill Elgie and Leslie Hoyle for the lovely evening that they organized at their home on December 18 to support girls’ education in Guatemala. The Tea for Two Jazz Trio entertained at an intimate concert in their beautiful log home in rural Perth. $730 was donated to sponsor a Maya girl to attend high school.

2024 Events 

GSP Garage Sale for Maya Girls Education at the Centrepointe Community Garage Sale, Ottawa – Saturday June 1, 2024 – Contact Janet or Liz if you can help or have items to donate:

lizballantynejackson@gmail.com.  Janetc_allan@hotmail.com

GSP volunteers staffed an information booth at the Perth Festival of the Maples in April 2024.

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Big Numbers of which we can be proud!

When one donates a stove to the Guatemala Stove Project, the recipient family cuts their CO2 production in half. On average, this amounts to a reduction of 2 – 3 tons of CO2 a year, or 20 to 30 tons over ten years (the lifespan of a stove). The GSP has built 8170 stoves over the last 24 years. These stoves are now reducing CO2 production by 20,425 tons every year or 204,250  tons over ten years. That is two hundred and four thousand, two hundred and fifty tons less CO2 in our planet’s atmosphere. It also means 8,170 families (about  49,020 people) living better lives, over 400,000 tons of trees not burnt but still on the mountains holding soil and producing oxygen.

Please consider improving lives, and offsetting more CO2 than the average Canadian produces in a year (19 tons).

Let’s get this number up to a million tons of CO2 offset for the sake of future generations and for all life on this planet.

We would like to send out a big Thank You to Eric Scheuneman of Perth who has managed the GSP stove database and CRA tax receipts for the past 23 years. Eric is retiring from this volunteer job which he has held since we were first incorporated as a charity. He has managed this detailed, time consuming job with patience and respect. If you received a stove or bursary Thank You certificate or receipt for your donation it came from Eric! Best wishes and thank you Eric for your dedication and hard work! 

We thank Paul Hauraney for stepping up to take over this important job. 

 Three billion people continue to cook over an open fire or rudimentary stove and the resultant air pollution is a leading cause of death and disability. A GSP masonry cookstove will provide a wide range of health, economic and social benefits for a Maya family. Visit guatestoveproject on YouTube for a closer look.

 

Attending high school may be the dream of a young Maya girl and her family but is seldom the reality. A GSP educational bursary offers this opportunity and will give her more choices about her future.

2024 GSP Bursary students at AMMID luncheon

When traditional financing is not available, a GSP micro-loan is a valuable method to finance small projects and earn much needed income.

Emergency assistance allows for immediate financing to our Guatemalan partners in times of crisis such as earthquakes, mudslides, and serious health concerns. These events greatly impact Maya families with few economic resources

GSP funds the construction of cookstoves for Maya families in Guatemala. By donating a stove, you can work towards balancing your carbon footprint as well as saving forests and providing a healthier home for families who would otherwise be using an open fire.

The cookstove saves 2 to 3 tons of carbon emissions annually so that over the average 10 year stove lifespan, 20 to 30 tons of carbon emissions are avoided. If you donate one stove a year

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at a cost of $300 and consume less, you can begin to approach being carbon neutral. 

Volunteers at Work in Canada – From beer can and bottle collecting at folk festivals to woven bracelet sales in schools, our Canadian volunteers have shown creativity and perseverance in their efforts to fundraise for stoves and other projects. Yearly dances, cocktail parties, sit-down dinners, garage sales and presentations to schools and churches have provided us with opportunities to connect with Canadian donors and offer a hand-up to deserving Guatemalan families.   

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