Friday, November 18, 2011

Stoves That Save Lives

A grandmother with her grandaughter
next to their wood-burning stove
The second highest cause of death in developing countries is respiratory problems from cooking over open fires (and, in the cities, I'm guessing, from smog).

Government agencies have tried to bring stoves to El Yalu, only to have the metal stripped out of them for needed cash. Los Olivos has been able to install some of a different design for $250 each as they have the funds. They're made out of concrete, with 4 metal rings to cook on. Each family contributes something to the cost, so don't end up destroying what they've paid for.