Kemptville Rotarians Cora and John Beking are in El Salvador for Rotary’s Stove Project, which helps local entrepreneurs establish factories in Latin America. These self-sustaining businesses produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. Smoke from open cooking fires kills more than eight times as many people as malaria, but the Ecocina stove, used in the Stove Project, is a safe, clean-burning stove that reduces smoke and carbon emissions. The savings in firewood pays for the stove in a few months.
While in El Salvador, Cora, who is the current President of the Rotary Club of Kemptville, along with John, a past-President of the Club, joined with members of the Rotary Club of San Salvador Cuscatlan to distribute 600 Rotary back packs, “mochila”in Spanish, to children at the Plaza Mundo mall in Soyapango, San Salvador, the ‘mochila’ distribution sponsors. What a rewarding experience for Cora and John Beking representing Kemptville Rotary. Children were very thankful and all smiles after the distribution.