Monday, November 25, 2013

We Give Thanks

Carly Demanett Reporting

As Thanksgiving gets closer, we at InStove would like to take a moment to thank all of the generous donors who have contributed to our crowdfundingcampaign on Indiegogo. To date, we have raised $3,780. From the beginning, the goal of raising $30,000 was incredibly daunting, but now we feel optimistic that, with your continued support, (and a little luck), we will be able to achieve it and bring safe water to thousands!  

We are thankful for our early campaign backers who bring us closer every day to our goal, but also thankful for the opportunity we have to help so many people in such a meaningful way. It is an incredible feeling play a part in bringing health and relief to so many—in this case, to the thousands who will benefit from the installation of these water pasteurizers. Most of all, we are thankful for our friends and family who have provided financial and emotional support throughout this campaign.

The weeks ahead promise to be exciting! We look forward to seeing where this campaign takes us. We are also excited about partnering with #Giving Tuesday to promote a national day for people to share their voices by giving to their favorite charities or non-profits. 

#Giving Tuesday (falling on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013) is an effort by a national partnership of nonprofits, business leaders, and community members to show thanks for the blessings we have by donating to others in need. To get involved in #Giving Tuesday, all you have to do is make a donation to InStove, then spread the word on Facebook or Twitter so your friends can participate too!

Share your #Giving Tuesday experiences with us! We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your friends and family, and consider supporting us this holiday season in our mission to bringing hot meals and safe water to the world.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Update from the Field

For this week's blogpost, we thought our field partners could tell the story best: video.
Thank you for all of your support! The campaign is going strong!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bringing Safe Water to Thousands in Zambia!

Stella Strother-Blood Reporting

Problem: In Zambia, two out of three people lack access to safe water.

Solution: Our super-efficient water pasteurizer can provide safe water for over 1,000 people for just two cents per person, per day. 

We are field-testing our pasteurizer prototype in Ndola, Zambia right now, and people love the pasteurizer - they can't wait for the permanent installation of the next two! With your help, we can reach $30,000 which will install two pasteurizers in the village by early 2014. But, we need your help to do it!

"The system is so good and very quick," said Ester Banda, Ndola local and Water Quality Testing Lab Manager, "it has been an eye-opener and we hope it will be promoted in our community."

Ester Banda talks about the water pasteurizer's future in her community.
This pasteurizer works with our 100 Liter Stove; it is 100% effective at eliminating all waterborne pathogens including hepatitis A., E. coli, shigella, entamoeba, retroviruses, polioviruses, giardia, cryptosporidium and the bacteria that causes typhoid and cholera. InStove can make large quantities of water (over 3,000 liters per day) safe to drink for people without access to electrical grids or expensive fossil fuels.

"I believed in this project in the lab; I knew we had something special," said Research and Development Engineer Nick Moses, "but the enthusiastic feedback we've received from the field was the final piece - I know this can be successful."

What will our success mean? It will mean this village will have enough safe water to meet the needs of 3,000 people. It will also mean the first production run of pasteurizers, and the ability for us to quickly produce and distribute this system wherever there is need, in places like Haiti, Darfur, and Ethiopia.

Nick Moses discusses his experiences in the lab and in the field.
What can you do to help? Donate at Indiegogo. View our video. Print a flyer (and ask if you can hang it in your favorite coffee shop). Share the news with your friends! Tell them how you've partnered with us to serve the people of Zambia - and how they can help too. If you know a blogger or journalist who would be interested, please, tell them about us!

Join our effort to bring safe water to the world, starting with Zambia! Together, we can make clean water a reality:

Institutional Stove Solutions - InStove - is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 2012. We are dedicated to relieving suffering, improving health, and reducing harm to the environment through the design and delivery of highly efficient biomass cookstoves, and allied technologies to the most vulnerable populations worldwide.