In New Mexico, the Halton Foundation, has granted $30,000 to the Himalayan Stove Project in support of their project of improving heath of people in the trans-Himalayan region. According to the Project, cooking and heating using open fires or primitive stoves causes unhealthy levels of indoor air pollution which kills almost 2 million people each year, and more than 50% of all indoor air pollution-attributable deaths occur in children under five years old. The Himalayan Stove Project provides free, clean-burning, highly fuel-efficient cook stoves to families living in the Himalayas who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or over open fire pits inside their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels.
“Replacing open cooking fires and primitive stoves, improves health and quality of life of families by reducing indoor air pollution significantly,” the Project’s directors said in a statement. “It also decreases environmental damage in the fragile and sensitive Himalayan ecosystem by reducing de-forestation and reducing carbon emissions.”