Welcome to the Guatemala Stove Project Website

Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. Exposure to cooking fire smoke kills approximately two million people worldwide every year.

In Guatemala, as in many other countries, breathing in the toxic fumes while preparing tortillas and frijoles puts Mayan women and children at risk for respiratory illnesses, blindness and burns on a daily basis.  It is estimated that 77% of Guatemalan families use wood as their main fuel source. 2% of Guatemala’s forests are lost annually, mainly due to the need for fuel for cooking fires.  Precious family resources and time are spent on          gathering or purchasing wood.

The Guatemala Stove Project (GSP) helps alleviate these problems by building vented stoves that are adapted to Mayan cooking methods.  These stoves are made of cement blocks on the outside and fire-bricks inside, filled with sand and pumice for insulation and held together by mortar.  The design of the firebox can reduce wood consumption and pollution by about 50%. The ‘plancha’ or stove-top is made of shiny, bright steel.  The crowning glory of this kitchen appliance is the galvanized chimney pipe that takes the poisonous smoke out of the house.  It is an ‘improved cooking stove’ and while most of us would find it rudimentary, Mayan women much prefer it to cooking on the floor over an open fire.

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Last call for volunteers for the 2019 volunteer trip to Guatemala. We have a great bunch of volunteers already committed but still have room for a couple more if you apply right away. Dates are Feb 2 to Feb 16 but if you want to come we would also like to come to this Sunday's (Jan 13) volunteer workshop. It is an incredible opportunity to do something really special, both helping poverty stricken people and doing your bit to fight climate change. Means you will be able to say to your grandchildren that you were not only part of the problem but also part of the solution as each volunteer offsets more carbon then the average Canadian produces in two years. ... See MoreSee Less

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Background to poverty

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How the U.S.'s Cold War foreign policy led to decades of destabilization in Central America.
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Just a bit of background on why Central America is so impoverished.

HISTORY
How the U.S.'s Cold War foreign policy led to decades of destabilization in Central America.
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