We are excited to report that our university partner Columbus State University, generously donated funds to purchase 20 smoke reducing ecological stoves for the communities of La Cumbre, Vuelta Grande, and La Colorada. Most people in these communities usually keep an open fire inside their homes to prepare their food. These stoves are made with a chimney and use very little wood to operate.
Students and faculty members from CSU also traveled in March to Vuelta Grande, Guatemala as part of their service trip for Columbus State University and the Donald L. Jordan Endowment where the group taught local village children, ages 3 to 12, English in the mornings and built stoves for local village homes in the afternoons to replace open-fire stoves and increase lifespans by 30 years. The group brought over 200 pairs of shoes for local children to replace damaged shoes and bare feet. They also learned about the local culture, cooked tortillas, and made new life-long connections.