In July Clover Park Rotary partnered with Little Church on the Prairie raising money to purchase stoves for the entire village Nueva Union Maya in the mountains jungles of Guatemala.
Families there cook as they have for generations, on the dirt floors of their very modest dwellings. Living in and breathing the smoke from their cooking all their lives.
The village of Nueva Union Maya is isolated from most of the world. It takes 14 hours over the worst roads in the world to get to this village high in the mountains. The homes there are about 15’ X 20’ dirt floor with maybe a few wood logs or stools and a few cooking pots with a fire on the floor in the house. Of the 90 families in the village, we were able to provide and install each with a new metal stove designed to vent outside the house and consume 10% of the fire wood used in the traditional cooking fire.
The new stoves prevent respiratory illness in the family and reduce the wood gathering by nearly 90% relieving the burden of gathering wood.
During the installation each family was provided a quilt and a Spanish book for the children to read. For most homes this was the only book in the household.
The wonderful people of Nueva Union Maya welcomed us into their families and made our stay with them a wonderful experience. Clover Park Rotary looks forward to another visit partnering with other local service clubs to bring clean air and other necessities of life to our neighbors in Guatemala next year.