Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Clean Cookstoves for Liberia


Empowerment Society International (ESI) is a small nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals in developing countries by promoting sustainable development in their communities.  Their goal is to 'build a sustainable world, one individual at a time'.  Peter Gbelia, founder and ED of ESI, together with the Foundation For Women, Liberia (FFW) and the United National Development Program's (UNDP) Global Environment Fund, are attempting to introduce highly efficient, clean cookstoves to the rural villages of Liberia. 

 FFW Liberia intends to distribute 700 clean charcoal cookstoves throughout Liberia in 2012.  In five years, these 700 cookstoves will keep over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and over 15 kg's of black carbon (1 kg of black carbon is equivalent to 680 tones of CO2). Most importantly, FFW Liberia's project will touch over 3,500 lives, empower thousands of women, and improve the health of women and children in over 700 households while saving them from the detrimental affects of Indoor Air Pollution (IAP). The program will create over 1,000 local jobs, directly by hiring distributors and sales agents, and over 3,000 indirect jobs as we compensate community liaisons, hire transport and storage facilities, creating a vibrant economic development around the cookstove.

A $60 donation will subsidize the cost of a cookstove by 50% for 2 Liberian families, but any amount is appreciated.  Donations can be made at, or you can join the Facebook Cause:  Cookstoves for Africa.  If you're not able to donate, a 'like' on Facebook and passing on information to friends and family helps a great deal.  

Click here for more information on ESI's Clean Cookstove Initiative in Liberia. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vented Cookstoves Key in Pneumonia Fight

Did you know that 3 billion people ~ nearly half the world's population, still rely on wood, coal, crop waste or animal dung for indoor cooking and heating? The resulting indoor air pollution contributes mightily to severe pneumonia, especially among women and young children. At 1.6 million deaths per year, garden-variety pneumonia is now the leading killer of children under 5 worldwide - more than AIDS, malaria and TB combined. According to new data published in the journal NeuroToxicology, prenatal exposure to carbon monoxide generated by indoor smoke can also have long-term effects on child IQ. The good news is this: Something as simple as an indoor stove with a smoke-reducing chimney can change this ugly picture.Vented cookstoves are key in pneumonia fight - San Bernardino County Sun