The Himalayan Stove Project: Changing the World, One Clean Cookstove at a Time, Raising Awareness of Household Air Pollution
TAOS, N.M. and KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Himalayan Stove Project (HSP) is a humanitarian & philanthropic effort dedicated to preserving the Himalayan environment and improving the health of the people living in the Trans-Himalayan region. We donate free, clean-burning, highly efficient cookstoves to families in some of the most remote areas in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
What is Household Air Pollution?
- Household Air Pollution (HAP) is the single largest environmental risk factor overall, globally, and in poor regions particularly, affecting over 3 billion people worldwide – almost one half the world’s population.
- There are 4 million deaths annually attributable to HAP from cooking fuel – that’s approximately 1 person every 8 seconds, worldwide.
- Most of the impact is in adults, but 500,000 deaths occur annually in children from ALRI diseases, like pneumonia.
Why Help HSP?:
- We are all part of an organic whole. The Himalayan Stove Project galvanizes concerned people from many walks of life – mothers and fathers; climbers and trekkers; socially responsible businesses; awareness making media — as a caring “tribe” helping to solve issues affecting environments and people.
- Our issue: Household Air Pollution (HAP) is a global health concern.
- We’re talking about family kitchens here, and we’re doing something about it.
- Mothers, kids, elders. We are all a family and can relate. We have a moral obligation to help.
Immediate Impact of Envirofit’s Clean Cookstoves:
- HSP exclusively donates Envirofit cookstoves to the families living in the very remote, high Himalayas.
- This carefully engineered, clean burning cookstove is lightweight and easy to use. It is designed to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing fuel consumption and emissions.
- In these hard to reach, remote areas, women cook with biomass fuels – wood, cow or yak dung.
- Using these very same biomass fuels, but less, each in-home clean cookstove reduces fuel use by 60 percent and smoke and toxic emissions are reduced by 80 percent.
“Our intent is to promote awareness of an enormous but almost ‘unknown’ global health and environmental issue: Household Air Pollution. We are staffed by volunteers, with all funds devoted to clean cookstove distribution in the most remote regions of the Himalayas. Your support of our mission will enable us to make immediate, positive change in the world,” said George Basch, Chief Cook and Founder of The Himalayan Stove Project.
“I admire the kind and generous people who live, quite primitively, in this often-times harsh environment. The stoves that we bring into the region make an enormous difference, immediately, in the lives and health of each family, and are gentler on the environment. It’s really that simple – give a stove, change a life and support the environment! We are doing this!”
Right now, for a limited time, donations of $250 will receive a 50(th )Anniversary Mount Everest Limited Edition Print. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To help make a difference, please make a donation by visiting our website at: http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org
About The Himalayan Stove Project
The Himalayan Stove Project is a US-based not-for-profit charitable organization that believes in the conservation of nature, improving people’s health and transforming the lives, of individuals, families and communities, one clean cookstove at a time. Founded in 2010, the organization distributes free, Envirofit clean-burning, highly efficient cookstoves to individuals and families in the Trans-Himalayan region. For more information, please visit: http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org.
Tom Hornbein, one of the first five Americans who summited Mount Everest on the historic expedition in May 1963, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Himalayan Stove Project. He has spent a lifetime dedicated to health and the environment.
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SOURCE Himalayan Stove Project