• 57°

Madison Rotarians improve Honduran homes with EcoStoves

A woman in Honduras proudly shows the new EcoStove that Madison Rotarians installed in her home. (CONTRIBUTED)
A woman in Honduras proudly shows the new EcoStove that Madison Rotarians installed in her home. (CONTRIBUTED)
A Honduran villager with a sheet aluminum business works on an EcoStove chimney, one of his sources of income. Before Madison Rotarians and villagers build EcoStoves, local coordinator Carolina Tercero counts a village's houses and orders chimneys. (CONTRIBUTED)
A Honduran villager with a sheet aluminum business works on an EcoStove chimney, one of his sources of income. Before Madison Rotarians and villagers build EcoStoves, local coordinator Carolina Tercero counts a village’s houses and orders chimneys. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – For nine years, Rotary Club of Madison has worked in villages of Honduras with their EcoStove project.

“Our primary objective was improving health of children five years and younger,” Rotary District 6860 Communication Officer Dennis Sanders said.

Cleaner air is the EcoStoves’ primary benefit. “Most old stoves had no or very poor ventilation. Smoke billows into the living space,” Sanders said. “The stoves are safer because the firebox is inset behind adobe blocks and insulated with ash.”

The cooking surface is much larger. Stoves burn wood more efficiently.

EcoStoves are built on a base of adobe blocks, “roughly 1.5 cinder blocks and much heavier,” Sanders said. New fireboxes of adobe and ceramic blocks, bricks and steel re-bar are sealed with mud.

The plancha, or cooking surface, has a concrete base and is fabricated from sheet metal with re-bar handles. The chimney, an aluminum stovepipe, is rear-mounted. A clean-out passage made with a powdered milk can is underneath the chimney.

EcoStoves’ components are sourced locally in Honduras. Local craftsmen perform all labor.

During their stay from Feb. 22 to March 1, the Madison Rotarians stayed in Hotel Barcelona in San Marcos de Colon. The “mayor,” similar to a county commissioner, lives in San Marcos in the Choluteca “department,” like a state, Sanders said.

Secured in 2013, a matching $45,000 Global Grant from Rotary International has funded EcoStoves. Previously, Madison Rotarians built fewer stoves and paid practically all expenses.

The grant funded work in Pueblo Nuevo, Jicarito, Barranquilla, San Augustin, Comali and Sabana Larga. Carolina Tercero, Rotary’s project coordinator in Honduras, identified villages, engaged village leaders and trained stove builders and owners.

“The biggest issue is getting all materials together for villages,” which are remote requiring difficult travel, Sanders said.

Sanders is working on another grant, which can be submitted after existing grant’s requirements are satisfied.

Madison Rotarians included Dr. Amy Thompson, Dr. Michael St. Peter, D.J. Klein, Tim McMicken and Sanders; Maria Dyar, Brittany Bradford and Jevon O’Neal with Thompson Dentistry; and Calhoun City, Miss. Rotarians Dr. Jim Dobbs, Fred Nabors and Allen Dearing.

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

Madison

Community tips lead police to Harvest man accused of sexual abuse of a child

Madison

State Senate bill could send over $3.2 million to Madison City Schools

Madison

State health officials ‘encouraged’ by improving COVID-19 numbers

Madison

Digital version of The Madison Record – March 31, 2021

Madison

Tornado relief supply drive continues at Liberty, Madison County District 2 office

Madison

Groundbreaking held for new middle school in Madison

Madison

Kory Alfred reaches credentials as Certified Parks and Recreation Executive

x