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Going the Extra Mile               March 2018 
Ann Peck, Executive Director, writing from India
Ann and Bruce travelled to the Pudukkottai area of southern India famous for its many potters’ villages. Invited by Gracy, an advocate for juvenile justice, Ann speaks to a local school.  Gracy is active in supporting the needs of women and children in her area and hopes to start a stove project here.

Bump it Up, our new educational initiative for 2018, is taking our stove model on the road to other areas of India where we have been invited by the local people to make presentations in dalit villages and public schools.
 
The first question I posed to this class, “Is there smoke in your house?” All of their hands shot up. The baby doll held by a girl in the back is a visual reminder of who suffers the most, newborns and children under 5.

 
A new start-up project in the making. 
KIS Honor Student Goes Beyond

Jon is a part of the Kodaikanal International School (KIS) smokeless stove team. On Saturdays he goes out to install stoves in the villages. This time the house had collapsed in the heavy monsoon rains. He and his staff sponsor, Elly, approached the KIS honor society for donations to build a new shelter. The National Honor Society responded immediately and provided the funds for tin sheets and wooden supports. At the end of the day, after building the shelter, and installing a new stove, two blankets were given to buffer the cold for two elderly women who had no other place to turn.
House collapses in heavy monsoon rains.
Jon goes to work raising funds.
KIS Alumni Take On Stove Installations
Wendy Riber, one of our board members, is on location in India for two months helping out with the smokeless stove project. She helps the mason align the stove to meet the chimney hole in the roof, the most important part of an installation.
Both Wendy and her husband, Kris, have installed stoves with Selvam in Kodai and now use their skills in a new location, a coffee growing area where plantation workers need our stoves. The best part of the installation is seeing the smile on the woman’s face as she watches the placement of her new stove.
Wish List:  Our Project Grows, a Vehicle is Needed

For years I have watched Selvam, our installer, load heavy chimney pipes on the back of his motorcycle, then make another trip carrying two stoves, one on the tank of the bike and the other over his shoulder. Not only is this a safety concern, it is not an efficient distribution of materials. As our project grows, we feel a small vehicle is a priority to meet the demand.
Top:  Selvam tying down stove pipes to his motorcycle. 

Left:  Selvam transporting bags of sand and cement on his motorcycle. 
We are looking at a small Maruti Suzuki van, slightly used, a 2015 model with low mileage and good tires for $3,800. Please help us meet this need. A van will also keep the sand and cement dry during transport in the rainy season.  ~Ann

If you wish to donate towards purchasing a vehicle, please note
"Vehicle" on your check or paypal donation to Kids Health India. 

All other donations continue to install stoves.
Stitches of Love:  Hand Knit Sweaters from Laconia
Women from Laconia UCC Church continue to send hand knit children’s sweaters with Ann to warm those in need in the chilly mountain climate of Kodaikanal.
Donate
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:  www.kidshealthindia.com.
304 stoves installed
benefiting 1,280 people
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