PROJECT 2013

The Stove Project

What is the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five? Malaria? Malnutrition? HIV? Prematurity? The answer is disease from primitive stoves or open fires that are used by nearly half of the world’s population.

Such stoves kill twice as many people of all ages as malaria. In addition to death, the fumes cause pneumonia, chronic respiratory illnesses, lung cancer, and cataracts.

Open fire cookstoves cause death, blindness, and respiratory disease. This video documents one of the humanitarian projects created by Geshe Pema Dorjee: bringing clean cookstoves to Arunachal Pradesh, a remote region of Himalayan India. You can help. YouTube


These stoves account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gases.

They also cause lost opportunity and real physical danger to women and girls who spend up to 20 hours per week in search of wood to burn.

In 2010, Hillary Clinton helped to establish the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to help deal with these problems.

Geshe Pema Dorjee has initiated a stove project in Arunachal Pradesh, a remote region of Himalayan India where no international project has reached. The local people there live in small one-room huts where a fire burns throughout the year. The fire is used for both heating and cooking. The traditional structures in that mountainous environment lack any ventilation, and the toxic effects from the smoke are omnipresent and unbearable.

TBCA is helping to fund the development, delivery, and installation of simple yet efficient and ventilated cookstoves to these remote Himalayan villages.

You can help.

$150 will provide a stove for a family, but donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

Please help today by clicking here to use your credit card through PayPal. Or just send a check to Tibetan Buddhist Charitable Aid, Inc. at 808 Sleepy Hollow Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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