We buy wonderful crafts like the beadwork here from Berta. It supports her and then we sell these when we get home to finance the next round of stoves.
It's sad to see young men carrying these loads of logs, knowing what damage it will do to their spines. The stoves we install only require twigs.
Indigenous Mayan people live very humbly, often without running water or electricity, burning fires in their fireplaces without ventilation.
A local helper seals the stovepipe on the roof.
Carolyn and the local boys work together to assemble a stove.
This is another family happy to have their new stove.
One year we were blessed with a donation of handbells to take to the local school. We try to interact with the local people as much as possible.
The families are so grateful for their stoves which burn so much more efficiently, using small twigs rather than logs. Samuel, on the right, is a local man who helps and supports us on every trip.
Old men sometimes have trouble walking from a lifetime of carrying logs on their backs.