Update from India  

March 2017

Everybody is reading our news!
Ann Peck, on site in southern India, reaches out to hundreds of school children to share the good news of our improved cookstove that drastically reduces smoke in the family home. We believe that educating children is the first step in making global change.
Children aged from 1st to 9th standard eagerly participate in a demonstration of our model clay stove prompted by questions that relate to their everyday living experience. "How many mothers cook with wood?" All raised their hands.
Two five year olds adopt the role of mother and grandmother caring for a newborn baby. The children are preparing a skit to demonstrate the hazards of smoke in the home at a parent seminar. Five year olds and toddlers under 5 are the age group with the largest risk for mortality from inhalation of smoke in the home.
Education in correct usage and maintenance of our new stove model is a big part of our success in implementing the stove in village homes. This young boy is learning how to clean the chimney with a simple rope and stick "brush." Children are our greatest advocates for change.
The real key to reduced smoke in the home is "two pots" on the stove at all times. If you only have one pot of rice to cook, then what goes in the other one? "Drinking water" said an older student. Potable water is a critical need in rural villages.
Your Donations at Work
Left: Children with a photo of their mother.
Right: Grandma helps with the installation of her new stove and chimney.
Grandma’s Stove

Walking into the tiny tin sheet house 8x8 feet, with no windows, only a door, I was overwhelmed by the darkness and lack of air. Two children greeted me, brother and sister aged 7 and 11. There was a small shrine on the wall with a photo of a young woman, the only color relief on the gray tin sheet walls. The children without smiling, took down the photo and explained it was their mother, who committed suicide three years ago. Now they are the total responsibility of their grandmother. She cares for them by working full time as a wood carrier, bringing bone crushing head loads of wood from the forests, earning $3 a bundle. Kids Health India targets families with young children, but often grandmothers are the primary caregivers when children are orphaned or unwanted. She gave her permission to tell her story with a thumbprint, the "signature" of those unable to write their names.

Ann Peck, Executive Director
Wish List

All-in-One Printer, Scanner and Copier:  Epson, $170, available in India Education of the local communities about our stoves requires a visual aid booklet designed by Selvam (our installer) for presentations in schools and for other key facilitators. Owning this equipment is a cost-effective and essential component to sustain and improve our communications with local communities and donors.

Smart Phone with GPS:  $200, available in India 
Tracking our history over the last 10 years in the villages around Kodaikanal is important for us to follow-up and document how the stoves are working, being maintained and used by the women in the community. A smart phone will enable Selvam to take photos and record the location of each installation site. Judson Peck, a KHI board member, will use his experience with the United Nations Development Program to map the installation sites. 

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Each smokeless stove installation costs $35 (US)
Kids Health India, Inc. is a U.S. nonprofit that supports the installation of improved cookstoves for low-income families in southern India to alleviate the suffering caused by daily inhalation of toxic smoke from cooking fires. To learn more or get involved visit our website:
153 stoves installed
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