Stuart Conway, Co-founder of Colorado-based nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), was recently presented the 2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service in Washington, D.C. The prestigious award was presented by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and the Peace Corps community. Conway is a proud RPCV who served in Guatemala for three years as an Extension Agent and Trainer for the Conservation of Natural Resources Program.
Congrats again to Stuart and to his wife Jenny Bramhall (TWP Co-founding board member), who Stuart says “should have an assist for this award!”
This brief interview was taken on April 3rd, 2010 in Tiquisate, southwestern Guatemala. Trees Water & People has been working in this community since 1998 on various reforestation and fuel-efficient stove programs. Sagrario Cardona, interviewer, has been building Justa Stoves for 8 years, for a total of 1,440 stoves under her belt. This is one of the first stoves she built. Consuelo Padilla is a dedicated stove user who is proud of her efficient wood stove, and in this interview in a few simple answers she points out the health and economic value of using a Justa stove. Justa stoves use on average up to 70% less firewood than traditional open fire cookstoves. Using less firewood means families save time and money, benefit from improved health conditions as the stoves vent harmful smoke out of the kitchen, and less firewood use means more standing trees help conserve the surrounding environment.
TWP and El Salvador partner Arboles y Agua para el Pueblo (AAP) would like to give a special recognition to Boulder-based company, Books of Discovery, for being the lead sponsor of our tree nursery in El Salvador between 2003-2009. Through their participation in TWP’s 100% Replanted program, Books of Discovery has offset over 9 million pounds of paper and planted 45,000 fruit and hard wood trees that provide timber, delicious fruits, and increased nutrition, shade, and sustainable firewood to families. Through this sponsorship and community collaboration, 180 acres of land have been reforested and many communities enriched. Thank you, Books of Discovery!
Stuart Conway, Co-founder of Colorado-based nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), has been honored with the 2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. The prestigious award is presented by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) and the Peace Corps community. Conway is a proud RPCV who served in Guatemala for three years as an Extension Agent and Trainer for the Conservation of Natural Resources Program.
“We are excited to honor Stuart Conway for his work cofounding a nonprofit that helps communities to protect, conserve, and manage natural resources and for his untiring conservation efforts on behalf of communities worldwide,” said Kevin Quigley, president of the National Peace Corps Association. “His commitment is in the finest tradition of Peace Corps Volunteers since the days of Sargent Shriver.”
As Co-founder and International Director of Trees, Water, & People, Stuart has managed the planting of 3.5 million trees throughout Central America and Haiti since 1998. He also helped to develop the fuel-efficient Justa cook stove, which reduces wood usage for fuel to conserve trees and reduce carbon emissions. Conway has expanded his beneficial stove program throughout Central America and Haiti, coordinating the building of 40,000 fuel-efficient stoves and directly improving the lives of more than 200,000 people.
The Shriver Award is given by NPCA each year to an RPCV who continues to make a sustained and distinguished contribution to humanitarian causes at home or abroad, or is an innovative social entrepreneur whose actions will bring about significant long-term change. The award is named after the tremendous contributions of the first Peace Corps Director, Sargent Shriver, in the founding and development of the Peace Corps.
“The innovative efforts of Stuart Conway help further the mission of the Peace Corps and help to bring attention to the enormous contributions Volunteers make during and after service at home and abroad,” adds Quigley. “We are pleased to recognize his efforts with this award.” Sargent Shriver’s son, Tim Shriver, will present the award to Stuart Conway on June 25, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
TWP laments the passing of long-time friend and stove-expert Ken Goyer, who passed away this last weekend of cancer. Ken has worked tirelessly promoting Rocket Stove technology around the world, and he will be remembered and missed by many. Apart from helping TWP test lightweight ceramics for our Honduras project in 2005, Ken founded the Aid Africa project in Northern Uganda, which helped bring fuel-efficient stoves, health programs, and clean water to thousands of Achioli communities. We send our condolences to Ken’s immediate family in Oregon, and to all those who were touched by Ken’s kindness in the many corners of the world where he worked.
To learn more about the Aid Africa project and how you can help the people of Northern Uganda please visit http://www.aidafrica.net.
100% Replanted is a unique program where you can calculate how many trees go into the wood and paper products you use each year, and then pledge to replant the trees you use. These trees are planted in and around the Magdalena Protected Area in El Salvador, where they will be safe from cutting. See the 100% Replanted website for all the details.
TWP’s Deputy International Director, Sebastian Africano, and International Program Consultant, Claudia Menendez, recently returned from a five week trip to Central America and Haiti. The trip gave Sebastian and Claudia a chance to visit our development projects as well as connect with our partner organizations on the ground. Highlights from each country include:
Our partner organization, AHDESA, in Honduras has built 3,419 fuel-efficient stoves in the first quarter of 2010!
TWP’s tree nursery in Tiquisate, Guatemala will produce 30,000 trees this year, providing shade and nourishment to families!
With funds from the Rio Tinto Prize, TWP and PROLEÑA will be developing a Forestry Training & Research Center for biomass energy in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua.
This year, our partner organization in El Salvador, Arboles y Agua para el Pueblo (AAP), will include soil conservation training for farmers, as well as reforestation activities and building 350 new Justa stoves.
With partner organization StoveTec, TWP has distributed 432 Rocket stoves to Internally Displaced People in Haiti and will be providing 1,344 more stoves in the next six months.