Cookstoves Built: 29,531
Trees Planted: 118,500
Over our 15 year history of working in Honduras, we have established clean cookstove, watershed protection, crop diversification, and tree nursery projects that help both people and the planet. We have concentrated these efforts in the Guacerique Watershed outside of the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The Guacerique is a very critical watershed because it supplies 30% of the drinking water to the people of Tegucigalpa.
After Hurricane Mitch ravaged Honduras in 1998, Trees, Water & People and the Asociación Hondureña para el Desarrollo (AHDESA) teamed up with the Aprovecho Research Center and Rotary International to work with a women's group in the town of Suyapa to adapt fuel-efficient combustion principles to traditional cooking habits.
The result was the clean-burning Justa cookstove, named after community leader Doña Justa Nuñez, who helped design the stove. The Justa clean cookstove uses 70% less fuel-wood while venting harmful gases and particulates from the kitchen and reducing deadly indoor air pollution by up to 90 percent. With funding from the 2005 Ashden Award, Honduras also became the site of emission studies, further proving how these clean cookstoves reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emissions inside the home.
In addition to our cookstove and reforestation efforts, Trees, Water & People, in conjunction with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), distributes cleantech solar products in Honduras. Products such as solar lighting and phone chargers can provide "last mile" communities with a renewable and afforable energy source, all while helping to reduce carbon emissions.
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