December 2, 2014

Donate to the Himalayan Stove Project on #Giving Tuesday

submitted by Amara Charles Back

I just donated to my favorite foundation, which I’m very proud to play a small part in…

If you would like to help out the Himalayan Stove Project, simply visit their online donations page. Every little bit helps, and on Giving Tuesday, those contributions are going twice as far. Give now and Your donation will be matched. $100 dollars delivers a stove to a family in need.

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A while back Shyena and I helped deliver clean burning cook stoves in the Himalayan region. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

There’s no cars on the way up to Mt. Everest, so stoves must be delivered by people and animals who can make the trip.

Our good friend George Basch is the ‘chief cook’ who coordinates this extraordinary project. I’m amazed by what he’s doing to help the people live with far less pollution in their homes as they cook.

P1000948We just got back from visiting him in Taos, where his joy and hard work from his recent trip to Nepal comes rolling through…it’s wonderful to a man powerfully doing what he loves!

Enjoy pictures from our trip!

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We visited the revered Abott of Tengboche Rinposhe  who loves supporting the Himalayan Stove preject.

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From the Adventure Blog:

Last week we celebrated Black Friday with millions of holiday shoppers taking to retail outlets en masse in search of the best deals they could possibly find. Today, those same shoppers are looking for great bargains online as part of Cyber Monday. It is all a part of the holiday shopping season, during which many of us get caught up in the mad rush to find that perfect gift for the loved-ones on our shopping lists. But if you’ve had your fill of the holiday commercialism already, then you may want to take part in Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.

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There are, of course, many worthy causes and organizations that will be seeking attention during Giving Tuesday, but one of my favorites is the Himalayan Stove Project. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably seen me post about the HSP before. It is a wonderful organization that is dramatically changing the lives of people living in Nepal by replacing their old methods of cooking, with a clean, efficient stove. The benefits that these new stoves bring in terms of health are enormous, and it is difficult to overstate just how life-transforming they actually are. To date, the Himalayan Stove Project has installed more than 3000 clean cook stoves, greatly altering the lives of those families int he process.

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On Giving Tuesday, a group of very generous HSP supporters has vowed to match any donations given to the organization, effectively doubling the impact of those contributions. A $100 donation would typically buy a single stove, but tomorrow, that same amount will be doubled, allowing the team to purchase two stoves instead. This makes Giving Tuesday a critical day for the project, which is why it is the perfect day to donate to the cause. (And if you’re looking at this on a Friday, or Saturday go to Amazon Smile, buy something and they’ll donate to the HSP when you buy something. )
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