(Global Communities was formerly known as Project Concern International)
2021-22 Donation: $75,000
Donations to Date: $300,000
Global Communities (GC) provides communities in the developing world with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and contribute less to climate change. Our donations allow GC to supply carbon emission reducing, fuel-efficient cookstoves in Guatemala, begin reforestation efforts, improve the region's food security, and give local women the tools to ensure the project's long-term success.
Why They're Climate Smart
In the dry western highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, families prepare food over traditional open fires, consuming far more wood than would be necessary with a modern stove. Cooking this way not only results in greater deforestation, it also results in greater carbon emissions and causes families smoke-related health problems.
Through the Climate Smart Communities program, GC provides families with clean, efficient cookstoves, which lower carbon emissions by at least 50 percent, and dramatically reduce firewood-related deforestation and smoke-related health problems. (Did you know that one stove can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 30 round-trip flights between the US and Europe?) GC also provides tree seedlings for reforestation, improves sanitation practices by installing water filters and latrines, and increases food security by building drought-resistant, water-conserving gardens.
Then, to ensure these communities thrive for years to come, GC puts women at the center of the effort. Local women are trained to use and maintain efficient stoves, plant trees for renewable firewood and promote household health with eco-friendly latrines and water filters which don’t require firewood for boiling. Taken together, these initiatives create safer and healthier households that consume less firewood and are directly involved in stemming deforestation.
Why They Receive Our Continued Support
Over the past two years, GC has provided 388 households and 2,328 individuals with cookstoves and water filters while planting over 28,000 trees. In addition, through their partnership with the USAID Emergency Food Security Programs, they have helped vulnerable households suffering from the combined effects of drought and COVID-19. With this year’s donation, GC will enroll 100 new households into their Climate Smart Communities, provide cookstoves and water filters, and replant over 2,000 trees.