BENEFITING: Trees, Water and People
Trees, Water & People (TWP) is helping Haitian families displaced by the 2010 earthquake rebuild their lives by teaming up with International Lifeline Fund (ILF) on a fuel-efficient cookstove project in Port-au-Prince which will produce much needed employment and allow families to safely prepare food, purify water, and save money.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Haitian families are still struggling to survive in temporary Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) communities, dependent on increasingly expensive charcoal to cook daily meals. Having lost everything, and with very slow rebuilding efforts, earthquake victims are still in desperate need of basic necessities. This project will provide fuel-efficient cookstoves to 100 Haitian families displaced by the earthquake so that women may cook their family's food in a safe and healthy manner.
How will this project solve this problem?
TWP, in partnership with International Lifeline Fund (ILF), will provide fuel-efficient cookstoves and hands-on training to 100 Haitian families living in communities affected by the 2010 earthquake so they can cook their daily meals more efficiently. We will create valuable employment and income through local manufacturing of stoves and their components. Distribution will educate families about the long-term health, economic, and environmental benefits of the improved stoves.
Potential Long Term Impact:
This project will enable 100 Haitian families to cook their daily meals with 33% less fuel - improving their health, economic situation, and the local environment. TWP and ILF will also help to stimulate a long awaited fuel-efficient cookstove industry by producing high quality stoves with local skilled artisans. With an average family size of 6, more than 600 people will be directly affected, with many more benefited economically.
"The best part about this stove is that if this (the charcoal combustion bowl) burns out, I can get it replaced anywhere by any local tinsmith. With the other stoves (imported) I couldn't" do that.
- Cookstove Beneficiary in Port-au-Prince