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 also is one of the principal causes of deforestation. This year 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 are completely insulated and ventilated, and use a fraction of the firewood that is needed for an open fire. Acceptance of the new technology has been wildly successful, and families are already seeing health improvements and reduction in firewood consumption.
Because of the current situation in Nicaragua, we have had to temporarily suspend this project, but we hope to collaborate again with FUDEGL to install more stoves in the future. Our dream is that every home in San Ramón will have one of these improved stoves.