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The Rotary Foundation supports the work of Rotarians for the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Improving lives of mothers and their children is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.

Guatemala Stoves Project

Humanitarian project to improve health and combat poverty in Mayan villages.

In twelve years, the 60-member Rotary Club of Saint George, UT (USA) has turned nearly $300,000 in Global Grants, District Grants, and donations from Rotarians and Rotary clubs in Utah & Colorado into 2600 cinderblock stoves for the homes of Mayan villagers in Guatemala. Studies by the WHO have determined smoke inhalation is a root cause of death and poor health in Mayan women and the primary cause of death in their children, ages 1-5, to respiratory and diarrheal diseases as well as injuries and deaths from open fires in their homes. Efficient cook stoves reduce indoor carbon monoxide by 99% and allow children to go to school - rather than gathering firewood all day - as each cinder block stove burns 85% less wood. For a week each year, these Rotarians -working with the non-profit ALDEA (Spanish for “village” and an acronym for Advancing Local Development through Empowerment & Action) -build or donate to the construction of stoves, saving the lives of thousands of mothers & children.


Project location
Guatemala
Project dates
Start: 01 July 2006
End:      -
Created: 01 July 2013
Project category
International, Maternal and child health
Funding
Club Foundation, Rotary Grant, District and other clubs
Project contacts
Dan Strobell, St. George| (contact)
Linda Sappington, St. George| (contact)
Mr. Richard M Isom, St. George| (contact)
Partners
St. George, UT, USA (Rotary Club)
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IMPACT TRACKER

Total volunteer hours
1,972
Hours
Number of volunteers
60
People
Total cash contributions
50,000
USD
Total in-kind contributions
-
USD

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