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Background on this issue

Per the World Health Organisation the inhalation of indoor smoke has been linked to pneumonia in children, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight babies and lung cancer.  This is a global problem:

  • Around 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and simple stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.
  • Over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
  • More than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 are caused by the particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.

About Huilloc village

  • Huilloc is home to 200 families / 1,725 residents.
  • 170 students attend the primary school & 79 students attend the High School.
  • 90% of men work as porters (World Expeditions employs many porters from Huilloc).
  • Many of the women sell traditional handicrafts, this region is known for its customary traditions of back strap weaving.
  • Approx. 2,500 tourists visit Huilloc each year. The community generates an income from the tourists by hosting them in home-stay accommodation, selling their weavings and taking them on agricultural tours of the village.

Project overview

There are over 200 households in Huilloc. Women and young children spend approx. 8 hours a day in the kitchen. The traditional open fire stoves currently in place use solid fuels (wood, coal and dung) and produce high levels of toxic household air pollution that cause a range of health issues, including:

  • low birth weight in babies
  • pneumonia in children
  • pulmonary disease
  • bronchitis

World Expeditions Foundations’ healthy cook stove project aims to install new stoves into Huilloc kitchens, with a chimney to carry toxic smoke outside of the homes. 

Along with funding the installation of these projects, World Expeditions aims to engage travellers in the installation process, bringing further benefit to Huilloc in the form of income from the travellers staying at their home stays, and purchasing their handicrafts.

What's covered in project costs?

A cook stove unit cost US$340. This includes the kit, the transportation of the kit from Lima to Huilloc and the cost associated with expert installation.

The family receiving the stove will be asked to prepare the area for the new cook stove and also to produce several adobe bricks that are required for the outer surface of the cook stove. The adobe bricks are made from natural materials that are easily accessible.

How does the project fit into a larger strategy?

World Expeditions Foundation aims to improve access to education in under privileged communities around the world. The school attendance rate at the Huilloc primary and secondary schools is impacted by the health issues that the students suffer because of the toxic smoke they inhale due to the unhealthy cook stoves used in their homes.

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