Healthy Stoves

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Healthy Stoves
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Country: Dominican_Republic
Volunteer(s) Name: S Ngo
Volunteer(s) Homestate: California
Funds community contributed: $2447.06
Percentage community contributed: 34%
Funds needed were: $4651.50
Funds requested were: $4651.50
PPCP #: 517-306
Year of project approval: 2009
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Info about the Healthy Stoves


The Healthy Stoves project is a community requested initiative that aims to alleviate the amount of smoke and ARI incidence in a community in the Dominican Republic. The community is underdeveloped and lacking proper sanitation services, a rural clinic, paved streets, public transportation and potable water system.

The increasing medical cases of respiratory infections in the community have caused the community to implement several campaigns to help publicize the negative effects of open-pit stoves on the health condition of the population. Open-pit stoves use wood found in the community, but have no proper chimney, allowing all the ash and smoke to enter the house and surrounding areas, easily infecting the population. However, due to distance from the nearest city, where gas is available for gas stoves, the community finds it difficult to find transportation. Along with the inaccessibility of gas, financial burdens have created obstacles for families to purchase gas or even a gas stove, which is a safer alternative to open-pit stoves. The negative impact of these open-pit stoves, in addition to smoke from trash burning for garbage disposal and the abundance of smokers in the community, have been one of the major causes of ARIs.

The Healthy Stove project will give the community a healthier and more cost-effective alternative to cooking with wood. The Health Committee of El Limon has started to solicit tools, construction workers and transportation for this project. They are now soliciting the funds to buy materials needed to build 30 stoves in the community.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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