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Ottawa Bytown

Service Above Self

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Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
During the Covid-19 Crisis we are meeting on line
Ottawa, ON K1S 3N6
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Due to Covid-19, we have transitioned to virtual meetings until further notice.
The Ottawa Bytown Rotary Club presented a cheque to the Guatemala Stove Project to finance 10 stoves in Guatemala. This is part of our on-going support to this project.
What is the Guatemala Stove Project?

Globally, nearly three billion people use polluting, inefficient stoves or open flames to cook their food. Exposure to cooking fire smoke kills approximately two million people worldwide every year.

In Guatemala, as in many other countries, breathing in the toxic fumes while preparing tortillas and frijoles puts Mayan women and children at risk for respiratory illnesses, blindness and burns on a daily basis.  It is estimated that 77% of Guatemalan families use wood as their main fuel source. 2% of Guatemala’s forests are lost annually, mainly due to the need for fuel for cooking fires.  Precious family resources and time are spent on          gathering or purchasing wood.

The Guatemala Stove Project (GSP) helps alleviate these problems by building vented stoves that are adapted to Mayan cooking methods.  These stoves are made of cement blocks on the outside and fire-bricks inside, filled with sand and pumice for insulation and held together by mortar.  The design of the firebox can reduce wood consumption and pollution by about 50%. The ‘plancha’ or stove-top is made of shiny, bright steel.  The crowning glory of this kitchen appliance is the galvanized chimney pipe that takes the poisonous smoke out of the house.  It is an ‘improved cooking stove’ and while most of us would find it rudimentary, Mayan women much prefer it to cooking on the floor over an open fire.

The Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown has been supporting Project Chance Africa for a few years.  Activities to support this project, are underway in support of the school in the Mathare Slum in Nairobi, Africa.  A few fundraisers are planned:  In October (date to be confirmed) there will be a concert at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield.  Lyne Miles will be performing.  On November 4 there will be a fashion show hosted by Shepards (a store in the Train Yards).    Suan Cross,  explained that the school needs a more reliable water supply and Project Chance Africa will be building a well within the school grounds.  The school continues to feed about 450 children a day (without food, many families would not send the children to school).  Our club presented a cheque to Project Chance Africa for $2,000 which will, once again, cover the cost of the head teacher’s salary.

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