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Child and Maternal Health Project
Haiti Schools & Smokeless Stoves
Our Haiti project is educating the resilient families of Haiti on the affects of smoke and training youth how to improve the health of women and children with our smokeless stove initiative.
Many people in the developing world need to heat their homes, boil water and cook over a small indoor fire. Three stones are arranged to carry a pot of water and the smoke from those fires will often fill the house. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people die each year because of health problems caused by smoke (more than tuberculosis and malaria combined).
Our smokeless stoves change that fact. Using locally sourced resources we teach people how to build a simple stove that burns the smoke before it is released. This knowledge transfer program trains local Haitians to build, maintain and repair the stove in rural communities. We intend to catalyze small business start-ups of people who will build the stoves for others as the simple technology is spread.
This cuts down on fuel, protects children and mothers, and dramatically changes lives.
Victoria Lighthouse Education Centre
in 2000 Busabaga elders requested us to help them build a primary school as there wasn’t one in the area.
The village is in a very remote area, behind a large sugar plantation. The children who did go to school needed to walk 2-3 hours there and back, and it was especially dangerous for girls.
Facilities include a large latrine and new kitchen in 2014 with a technology that diverted smoke out of the building in order to improve health. The building is fully cladded in cement on the inside and out to protect people from insects and snakes. The school was built using local labour and materials throughout the project.
Thanks to the generosity of countless donors and the hard work of local people, the school was built incrementally – 2 classrooms at a time. The roof was put on in 2007, Text books were donated and students arrived.
In 2015 we celebrated the conclusion of the construction.
Thank you to the generosity of our many donors this project has been completed