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Why help us?

You care about the environment and social issues. Deforestation, health, and poverty are causes that are important to you. 

How can you help?

We need help collecting information and distributing 100,000+ high-efficiency cooking stoves free of cost to households in the rural communities of Negros Occidental that are using wood or charcoal for cooking. 

1. We need to better understand where communities are that are most in need. Completing this form is a gigantic help! Survey form

2. Once we’ve identified areas of most need, we will need assistance registering households for the stoves. This would entail going door to door, collecting information and taking pictures of existing stoves. We also need help coordinating communities and informing them about the upcoming project distribution.

3. Finally we need to understand the logistic/trucking and quantities that need to be delivered. We’re aiming to deliver a lot of stoves so we need to plan things properly!

We’re looking for allies that can help get this project moving along quickly. If you’re that person please begin by completing the survey form above and let us know if you’re able to help beyond that. 

The research

Wood and charcoal used for cooking is more common in rural areas (67%) than urban areas (25%)
Households use up to 20kg of wood to cook each day, threatening our precious forests and releasing CO2 into the atmosphere
The Philippines is one of the most severely deforested countries in the world – just 7% of the original closed-canopy forest cover remains
Low-income households are disproportionately affected by climate-related disasters in the country
Families spend up to 24 hours each week collecting firewood, reducing opportunities for education and employment
77% of households cook inside where smoke exposure from cooking is greatest, Predominantly women and children are at highest risk
3.8m deaths a year from indoor cooking air pollution globally, 77% of these deaths occur with women & children under age of 5
PH ranks 2nd in Asia-Pacific for highest deaths due to household air pollution

What we're doing

Project Buhay’s goal is to distribute high-efficiency cooking stoves free of cost to households that are using wood or charcoal for cooking in the rural communities of Negros Occidental. These stoves can significantly help many of the issues outlined above. It’s a simple solution that can change the lives of many people.

The Efficient Stoves

Wood-burning stove
Charcoal-burning stove

How these stoves change lives

  • Works with any biomass fuel
  • Durable 7-10 year lifespan
  • Up to 50% reduced cooking time
  • Up to 70% reduced fuel requirement
  • Up to 90% reduction in smoke & toxic emissions
  • Easy Operation + maintenance free
  • Portable and stable
  • Food tastes the same