Read on to find out what else Cool Earth have been up to in 2015!
APRIL: Healthy Forests and Healthy Families
In our Lubutu partnership, 2,000 tonnes of wood are used for fuel every year, which has a big impact on the forest. Wood fuelled stoves are also dangerous to health. Household air pollution from cooking fires kills more children every year than AIDS or malaria combined (Practical Action, 2004. “Smoke: the Killer in the Kitchen”). So in 2015 Cool Earth trained 164 community members on energy efficient stoves and the community built 45 stoves.
MAY: Empowering Women in the Awajún
In May we carried out a household survey in the Awajún partnership to see how working with Cool Earth had impacted communities. It had some great news. Over the past two years, 92% of AMARNO cooperative members have considerably higher self-esteem, 85% of the women’s hopes for the future of their community have improved a lot and 97% of the women in the cooperative feel empowered. Your support has made a huge difference to these women, and the future of their forest.
JUNE: An Award Winning Idea
You’re backing an award winning idea. In June Cool Earth picked up the Charity Award for Environment and Conservation. We’ve followed that up with a PEA (People, Environment, Action) award for best International NGO, and a Cornwall Sustainable Business Award, as well as being runner up for Third Sector’s Big Impact award
Stay tuned for part 3 of our 2015 milestones.