Ecological Stoves For Panama

  • Health
  • Environment
  • Community Growth
  • Panama
This project is led by Christina Guerra, a Volunteer from Massachusetts

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This grant will fund the construction of twenty seven (27) ecological cook stoves in the local community in Panama. This project will directly benefit 25 families, in addition to community members that use the casa comunal as a meeting space and the students at the K-6 school. All projects participants will attend all obligatory meetings and workshops, including meetings about project planning and construction. Each participant also agreed to participate in reforestation projects, including working in the community tree nursery and planting at least ten (10) trees/seedlings. Participants also agreed to participate in at least three additional environmental activities during the duration of the project, to transport all materials to their house, attend both workshops to learn how to construct the eco-stove and the table, and construct their own stove with a group of other community members. Community members will pay a participation fee to contribute to a “project fund” which will fund the events related to the project, including miscellaneous materials and food. Finally, project participants agreed to provide some materials that can be easily found in the home or in the community.

As the community is already familiar with Peace Corps and this specific eco-stove project, community members have been proactive in attending planning meetings and events. During an initial planning meeting, the community identified that two of its priorities include waste management and reforestation. As a result, projects including waste management, in addition to reforestation days and tree nursery work days, will be included in the requirements for this project. In order to qualify for the project, all project participants signed a contract that stated they would attend all obligatory meetings and workshops, including meetings about project planning and construction. As this project is paired with reforestation, each participant also agreed to two workdays in the tree nursery and to plant at least ten (10) trees/seedlings. Participants also agreed to participate in at least three additional environmental activities during the duration of the project. In terms of the physical eco-stove construction, participants agreed to transport all materials to their house, attend both workshops to learn how to construct the eco-stove and the table, and construct their own stove with a group of other community members. Community members will be divided into smaller groups based on location, and will therefore work together in groups to mitigate labor costs. In terms of community contribution, community members agreed to contribute to a “project fund” which will fund the events related to the project, including miscellaneous materials and food. Finally, project participants agreed to procure their own cascajo (a mixture of sand and rock), ash, tools, and pieces of wood to mitigate some of the extra costs with materials that can be found in the community.

As this is the third eco-stove project in the local community, approximately 50 community members have already been trained in stove construction with the previous volunteer(s). A few former project participants will also lead the construction workshops so that current participants can learn from their family/friends/neighbors. The welder for the stove top also lives in the community and can help with any reparations that may be necessary once the Peace Corps presence in the community ends. Finally, I intend to host a mandatory talk at the end of the project in which I explain how to take care of the eco-stove and how to preserve its longevity. In terms of the environmental benefits of the project, we will be hosting a meeting with the Environmental Committee to vote on a new directiva and encourage participants of this project to attend and become involved. This will allow community members who may not have been previously involved in environmental work in the community to gain some exposure to potential projects and opportunities.

Community Contributions
$1,960.35
Total Raised
$2,460.35
Goal
$5,535.80

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