Nicaragua Clean Cookstoves Project

Nicaragua Team

Project leader: Arthur Lim (arthurlim2014@gmail.com)

History

Exposure to smoke from open fires causes two million deaths every year.

Traditional cookstoves in the community’s kitchens are not well ventilated which causes the women and children in the household to be exposed to unsafe levels of smoke. This causes them to suffer from ailments related to breathing in high levels of carbon monoxide and other particulate matter. Other NGOs have attempted to mitigate the effects of these cookstoves with little success in improving conditions or sustainability.

While this group has been committed to cookstoves since 2012, the relationship with Nuevo Amanecer in Nicaragua did not start until two EWB-GT students travelled to Matagalpa in December 2013 to perform indoor air quality research and began a dialogue with the community on potential solutions. Approved to be an official EWB program March 2014, the former Cookstoves Group of EWB-GT has adopted the Nicaragua Program and will provide meaningful and sustainable clean cooking solutions to the women of Nuevo Amanecer.

Fire testing

Location

Matagalpa is the sixth most populous city in Nicaragua, and the project is in Barrio Nuevo Amancer, a community just outside the city. 70% of the population lives in chronic poverty and is faced with issues including unemployment, lack of potable water and no legal access to electricity.

What We Do

Georgia Tech’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is partnering with Rayo del Sol, a NGO focused on improving the lives of children in Nicaragua. The project is designing a cost-effective, sustainable and clean cookstove to improve the health of women and children exposed to current conditions.

Project Status

The technical team has created various designs for cookstoves and has settled on one for further testing on our next assessment trip. We plan on having our next trip to Nuevo Amanecer this May to test out the stove and plan for implementation.

 Project Timeline