Gifting Health & Happiness

Each day, hundreds of thousands of Guatemalan women cook their meals on open fires — putting them and their families in danger. Eye infections, respiratory illness, headaches, and other health problems are frequent. Open fire cooking can shorten a person’s life by 10-15 years.

To address this issue, Guatemalan Rotary Club member Carlos Galvez has created a highly efficient wood-burning “Chapina Bonita” stove that funnels smoke through a chimney or stovepipe. And because they require less wood, families do not need to gather or purchase as much wood.

Stoves are made with 100% local Guatemalan materials: cement blocks, clay bricks, mortar, steel tops, and stove pipes. Every family is asked to pay for 50% of the cost of a stove, and the other the portion is paid for through donations.

Watch the Stove in Action



Improve Lives  Infection of the lower respiratory tract is the leading cause of infant mortality in Guatemala and is exacerbated by open-fire cooking.

Grow Economic Independence All materials for the stoves are locally sourced, supporting the
Guatemalan economy.

Protect the Environment The design and efficiency of the Chapina Bonita stove reduces wood use by up to 80%. If you would like to participate in a Global Grant or make a direct gift to support this project, please contact us.

Chapina Bonita Project History
In 2015, Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club members Dr. Greg Young and Linda Robertson went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. During their trip they came across many indigenous Guatemalans with respiratory diseases, eye irritations, burns, and other medical issues that were directly traced back to the unsafe practice of cooking with open fires in their homes. Knowing Rotary is a global organization Linda and Dr. Young reached out to the Guatemala East Rotary Club. To their delight, they discovered that one of the local Club’s members, Carlos Galvez, had already begun championing the Clean Cooking Stove Program. 
“Helping the people of Guatemala has been a great passion of my life. Seeing people who can’t even leave their house because their condition was so bad due to cooking was difficult to comprehend until you see it firsthand. Being doctors, our job is not only to cure people but as importantly is prevent outcomes like this. Seeing the impact we have brought to this region is truly inspiration and an example of how a small group can have a profound impact on others,” said Dr. Greg Young, Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club.
Carlos and his team have created a wood-burning rocket stove to install in the homes of Indigenous Guatemalans that prevents them from inhaling toxic fumes created by cooking with open flames. After starting the program in mid-2014 Carlos realized to truly make an impact, he would need a broader support mechanism to help the people of Guatemala.  Led by Rotary through partnerships with other charities and the private sector, the Guatemalan East Rotary Clean Stove Program has grown from a handful of stoves at inception to now over 3,000 stoves placed in homes and schools across the region. 
Additional information available at: Club Rotario Guatemala