Guatemala 2022 - Stove and water purification project

Guatemala 2022 - Stove and water purification project


As you may have read in the Thursday email, Pete Lake, Frances Warner and Roni Hursthouse are seeking donations of money and items such as clothing and eyeglasses (non prescription) to benefit our brothers and sisters in Guatemala. We have said before that 100% of the money and goods you donate directly benefit the people and we thought you might like to know how the process works.


It takes over 2 years to organize the project. Working with local churches in Guatemala, specific communities are selected to benefit from the project. Local pastors are trained so that they can guide and support their community through the process. These pastors identify potential recipients, who can be of any religion or non at all.
As team members, Pete, Frances and Roni are required to raise all the monies needed. The checks you write are forwarded to the church in Oak Ridge where volunteers contract with the manufacturers to deliver to Guatemala the parts needed for the stoves and water systems. Each stove costs $150; the water system $50; the cement base for the stove $90 and the deworming pills $10, a total of $300 per family. The villagers are responsible for transporting everything to their homes often carrying heavy cinder block pieces long distances to their home.  By the time we arrive, the cement base has been installed and a hole cut in the tin roof for the metal chimney pieces. The water system is also in place. Together with a local guide, we walk or ride in the back of open trucks from home to home and assemble the stove parts, instal the chimney pieces and seal the hole in the roof. In the 3 weeks the North Carolina teams are in Guatemala, over 400 stoves are installed.


Regarding other donations, on the day after we arrive we open all the suitcases-each of us is asked to bring 2 weighing 50lbs each- and sort the donations into different categories- mens, womens childrens clothes, shoes etc, eyeglasses, etc. and we make big bundles with an assortment, one for each home where we have installed a stove. Each afternoon, the homeowners come to the church where they learn how to care for the stove and water system. We then meet them and give them a bundle of donations, ask them if they’d like eyeglasses, and provide them with deworming pills to kill the existing parasites in their bodies, ready for them to use the clean water now in their homes.When we leave, the local pastors follow up with each family to make sure the stove and water filters are used properly.
If you would like to support this project please make a check payable to Oak Ridge UMC and write “Guatemala stove project” on the memo line. Please give the check to one of us at church or mail to Roni Hursthouse, 1846 Caribe Court, Wilmington, NC 28409

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