In Nepal growth has also been rapid, and capacity has grown to 50 stoves monthly. To date, we have constructed over 900 stoves in the villages of Chhaimale and Baadbanjang. When we last visited Nepal, it was overwhelming to hear the stories of how the cookstoves have made such a difference to the women and their families. One grandmother held my arm and encouraged me to thank the donors and to please tell them how happy she is for her granddaughters to learn of a better way to cook for their families.
However, due to the earthquake in April and the devastation in so many villages, we decided to temporarily switch our focus. After securing additional funds, we were able to help with the building of transitional shelters for the many families in these villages who were displaced. We are now resuming our cookstove program in Nepal in the village of Bharat Pokhari, which is about 120 miles west of Kathmandu. As we go forward, we will keep you informed of the progress and the impact of this work.
Update from Nepal - October 2015