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Among the many outstanding presentations given at the Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) that I attended in February, I especially found the story told by Nancy Hughes to be particularly enlightening and inspiring.  I had no idea what severe problems the everyday task of cooking has caused in Central America and other undeveloped countries.
 
Smoke from indoor cooking fires kills more people than AIDS and eight times as many as malaria. It is the leading cause of death of children under age five. This killer is virtually unknown as its victims are women and children.
 
Nancy Hughes, President of StoveTeam International, transformed a small Rotary club project into this effective international charity to help develop sustainable local factories in the developing world that produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient stoves.

The Ecocina stoves they produce reduce deforestation and carbon emissions while eliminating both burns and respiratory illnesses. In the seven years since StoveTeam International's inception, 50,840 stoves have improved the lives of more than 381,300 individuals in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. For her work, Nancy has been honored as a Rotary White House Champion of Change and has been featured on the PBS Newshour. She is a CNN Hero, and the recipient of the prestigious International Purpose Prize. Nancy is a member of the Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club.
 
 
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