Wednesday, October 17, 2012

stove project for Chan Chen

For centuries the indigenous population, the Mayan,  have cooked their meals using open flame three-stone fires on the floors of their one room homes . This traditional method of cooking is the cause of rampant medical and environmental problems throughout rural Yucatan of Mexico.  After an investigation of the cultural and  technological factors surrounding three-stone fires, We have found a  Stove:  a durable stove that minimizes smoke and burns, and reduces wood use by 70%. 

Our medical teams reported an alarming number of children being treated for burns and numerous respiratory problems.    The problem is the method of cooking that the indigenous Mayan women used in their homes, a centuries old tradition:  cooking meals using an open fire pit on the  dirt floor of their one room homes known as a "three-stone fire" with no ventilation, so families were inhaling noxious fumes causing  Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI).  More specifically, 

That the high instances of facial and hand burns were due to children falling into these open fires when they were playing or learning to walk. 
That excessive smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death in Mayan children under the age of 5, according to to the World Health Organization.  The deadly gas carbon monoxide was found to be twice the level considered to be dangerous. 
That inefficient burning of wood for three-stone fires required the women and children to gather huge  amounts of wood daily, contributing to deforestation at a level of 2% per year. The time lost to long treks to get the wood combined with the effect of carrying heavy loads had a detrimental health impact on women and their families. 
The Solution

We have found a stove that will help solve this problem.

The fire is contained  in a clay-fired firebox in an insulated, durable stove that sits  off the   floor, thus minimizing the risk of burns to small children.
Vented by a galvanized steel chimney, the stove uses an efficient burning technnology, and virtually eliminates smoke and deadly carbon monoxide in the home.   Using the ONIL stove means longer life expectancy,  safer child development, and more time and energy for families.   
The ONIL stove reduces wood consumption by 70%, resulting in  a long-term benefit to the environment and a better quality of life for families. 
Women who use the ONIL stove gained the equivalent of two days a week in time saved from gathering wood, allowing them time for social and economic activities like cultivating a vegetable garden. 

The Opportunity

Form your own stove-building team and work side by side with Mayan families on this project.  Take the next step in changing the lives of children in Mexico. 

Our cost will be about 200 per stove...