GSP has built improved cooking stoves with CEDEC (Centro de Estudios para el Desarrrollo y la Cooperación) since 1999 when Tom Clarke worked with Jose Yac to build the first 6 stoves. Jose Yac is the founder and director of CEDEC, which is based in Quetzaltenango or Xela (from Xelaju – the Maya name of the region) in the western highland Departments of Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, Sololá and Huehuetenango. Jose and the CEDEC team have coordinated our volunteer stove building activities for over 20 years. Hundreds of volunteers have travelled with the GSP to Xela to experience the culture of the area and build stoves in homes in the surrounding communities. The GSP has also provided funds for emergency assistance for Maya families affected by earthquakes, landslides and drought conditions. We have also provided funds for various medical interventions over the years.