Benefits of WOW Dallas Membership:
• Quarterly newsletter emailed to all members
• Invitation to spring “new member” event
• Invitation to fall fundraiser
• First to learn about opportunities to attend trips to Guatemala and visit the orphanages personally
• Opportunity for junior members to participate in “special-collection drive” for orphans
Christmas Alternative Gifts – STOVES
Donate $250 to provide a new stove and water filter to a family in Guatemala in honor of your friend or family and we will send a card notifying them of the Christmas gift made in their honor.
In 2014, WOW and Orphan Outreach began partnering with HELPs to provide ONIL Stoves and water filters since many of the families in the community cook with an open fire and every day are exposed to severe health hazards that come from the carcinogenic smoke. The families live in very small homes with dirt floors and tin roofs, where smoke cannot escape their homes. The small children in the family are a risk to severe burns, and the mothers spend their days searching for wood.
WOW mission teams, under the supervision of HELPs, have installed 65 stoves in 2015 and 2016 and plan to install 80 more in 2017.
HELPS International, founded in 1984, is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in partnership with individuals, local and national governments to improve health, education, community development, agricultural and economic development in Latin America.
After a two-year investigation of both the cultural and technological factors surrounding these open cooking fires, HELPS International developed the ONIL Stove, which replaces the open fires on the floor of the house. The ONIL Stove has proven to:
- reduce smoke levels in the dwelling by 99%
- increased the cooking surface height – eliminating burns and/or uncontrolled fires
- decreased the time collecting wood by two days per week (per family), create a 70% savings in wood fuel consumption; this allows for both environmental and economic benefits
- gravity clean water filter provides up to 10 gallons of safe, filtered drinking water every 24 hours.
- ensures 100% removal of parasites such as guinea worm and giardia, and 99.99% removal of pathogenic bacteria such as: cholera, e. coli, and shigella.
To date, 250,000 stoves have been installed in Guatemala affecting 1.25 million people, but the need is 1.3 million stoves to eliminate the open fires in the country.