Fundación Denis Ernesto González López, or FUDEGL, is a San Ramón non-profit that was founded by a local in memory of her son. They work in rural communities to promote sustainable agricultural practices and promote food security in at-risk areas.
The majority of the folks that FUDEGL work with cook over an open fire every day. This leads to illness from breathing in smoke and being exposed to high temperatures, as well as burns in children. It is also one of the principal causes of deforestation. In 2017, we partnered with FUDEGL to install 40 improved wood stoves in the homes of rural families. Each family was part of a year-long program in which they planted trees to use for their own firewood consumption and attended workshops on the division of labor in the family. The new stoves were designed by a Nicaraguan engineer who, using his knowledge of the local context, perfected his model through trial and error over many years. They are completely insulated and ventilated, and use a fraction of the firewood that is needed for an open fire. Acceptance of the new technology was wildly successful, and families are already seeing health improvements and reduction in firewood consumption.
We hope to continue this project by installing 100 more stoves this year. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact us!