Photo of the Week: Clean Cookstoves Save Children’s Lives

clean cookstove Guatemala

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Sebastian Africano, TWP’s International Director, took this picture during a recent visit to Nuevo Todos Santos near Escuintla, Guatemala. This young boy is standing in front of his families Emelda clean cookstove, installed by TWP and our partner organization, La Asociación de Forestería Comunitaria de Guatemala Ut’z Che’.

In Guatemala, more than 71% of the nation’s 14.7 million people are dependent on wood to cook every meal. Cooking over an open fire causes a wide array of human health issues, affecting women and children the most. In fact, it is estimated that 4 million people die every year from exposure to smoke in the home. TWP’s clean cookstoves reduce deadly indoor air pollution by up to 80% and reduce fuelwood consumption by up to 70%.

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