I’m not sure how many times I’ve said I like to cook, and therefore eat, over these past 33 weeks but I can’t say it enough. One of my favorite culinary traditions in our family is Mexican Monday! It doesn’t matter how good or bad your day has been a little bit of salsa can only make it better. We had some delicious nachos for dinner, and they would not have been possible without our stove. Stoves aren’t a new invention by any stretch of the imagination but they sure beat the heck out of cooking everything over an open flame or in the microwave.
Building a stove in Honduras
In this day and age everyone is looking to do things as efficiently as possible. Trees, Water, & People is helping people throughout Central America and Haiti build healthier fuel-efficient cookstoves. More than 80% of families cook over open wood fires which causes deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and respiratory infections. Since 1998 TWP have built more than 46,000 Evo-Stoves, Justa stoves, and Rockets that use up to 70% less wood than traditional stoves. The other great thing about these stoves is that they can all be manufactured locally using all local materials, and they are extremely low-maintenance and cheap. It would only cost a family an average of $10.50 a month to run one of these stoves. TWP is proving that helping people and the planet simultaneously is possible, and even fun! Another easy way to help out the planet and people is to donate your old stove when you decided to upgrade. The Vietnam Veterans of America have a program called Pick Up Please, where they will come and pick up your old appliances! All you have to do is schedule a pick-up online, leave your clearly labeled donations outside on the designated day, and VVA will leave your tax deduction receipt on your door. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! They don’t just take stoves either. They will take your old clothes, books, bikes, stereos, shoes, tools, you name it, and they will more than likely take it. It’s nice to know your old stuff is going on to have a new life after you. Plus it gives you a great excuse to get new stuff for your new life.
Trees, Water, & People Donation
Schedule a time for Please Pick Up to come to your house! or Vietnam Veterans of America Donation
So here’s to you stoves! It doesn’t matter if you’re a Viking, GE, Whirlpool, or Kenmore because a flame is a flame. Without you it would be much more difficult to make brownies, lasagna, or cheesecake. There are times during the summer where Mr. Grill gets used a bit more than you do, but it’s not personal, you just make the kitchen so dang hot! Thank you for cooking up good food and good memories.
No Kitty! Bad Kitty!