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Potential Energy Saves Lives With Clean Stoves

potentialenergyA report came to us recently from our partner Potential Energy, summarizing how funds from GreaterGood.org and The Hunger Site are helping in a big way with their High-Efficiency Stoves for Darfur Refugees project.

2,000,000 people die each year from illness related to breathing smoke from cooking fires. This is equivalent to the entire AIDS epidemic and three times as many annual deaths as malaria. Cooking over an open fire is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Women and children in developing countries are exposed each day to pollution from cooking smoke, up to 20 times the level recommended by the World Health Organization.

In order to address this issue, Potential Energy, with the help of funding from GreaterGood.org, have introduced a program in Darfur that provides refugees with high-efficiency stoves. Designed to optimize fuel-efficiency and reduce toxic emissions when cooking meals, a high-efficiency stove can save lives, help families live healthier, cut down on black carbon which contributes to global warming, and help these women and girls live safer lives since they no longer have to forage for fuel in surrounding conflict zones.

In a recent letter to GreaterGood.org, Andrée Sosler, Executive Director of Potential Energy stated, “By the end of 2012, more than 22,000 women were cooking with our stoves, which means that more than 132,000 people were enjoying greater health, safety, and financial security in their lives (and the number is even greater today!).”

GreaterGood.org feels privileged to help such a great organization change the world for the better.

You can help! Donate today to Potential Energy’s High-Efficiency Stoves for Darfur Refugees project.

by Noah Horton, October 4, 2013