Why This Program is So Dear to Me.
Hi I’m Wanja,
I’m an intern here at The Adventure Project. I'm getting my Master’s in Nonprofit Management at The New School and I hope to go into Corporate Social Responsibility. But, that's not why I'm writing. I wanted to reach out to you now because this Stove Campaign is dear to my heart, and I want you to know why.
You see, I'm from Kenya. In fact, my whole family is originally from Murang’a, the exact town where this Stove Program will be implemented. My granny still lives there.
It’s a beautiful place; a busy little town spread across the rolling hills of the Aberdare Mountains. As a young girl, I would play hide-and-seek in the farms with my friends - laughing in hysterics when my granny would run out of her house, shooing us away from her yard with a broom. These are memories I will cherish forever. Knowing that these stoves could impact my family’s hometown leaves me filled with hope and pride.
If you donated to our holiday campaign already, I wanted to thank you. If you haven't, I wanted to share with you why you should:
1. COOKING OVER OPEN FIRES IS ONE OF the largest killers of women and children.
Every year, 4 million women and children die from exposure to toxic smoke emitted from open fires. That is 4 million kids left missing a mother or sibling, all because they do not have a stove.
2. The average girl or woman walks 10 miles, spending over 30 hours per week collecting firewood.
That is time and energy that they are not in school, at home with their families, and running a business. This is damaging the local economy and stealing opportunities from children.
3. You are not giving a handout - you are creating jobs.
Nobody wants charity - they want opportunity, they just need a nudge from you. Buying a stove is that nudge.
The money we raise goes towards improving stove manufacturing, training salespeople and educating the community on why these stoves are so life-changing. As any entrepreneur can tell you, it takes a lot of effort to bring a new product to market; your $35 gift helps to get a stove into the hands of a family in need.
TAP’s incredibly impactful work in developing countries is why I intern here. It is not about giving handouts; we are all about creating jobs - which is awesome! But it’s also hard work, and we need your help.
We’ve now supported 928 stoves - which is amazing! We are almost 40% of the way towards our goal of helping 2,500 families in Murang'a. Can you join us in buying one stove for a woman in Kenya? It will make a world of difference.
If you've already given - thank you so much for helping a community I hold so dear. Could you help me spread the message and encourage two friends to support our mission?
We are “teaching a person to fish...” and it’s working! Thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you!
PS: If you order more than three boxes - shipping is free. Buy here: www.theadventureproject.org/coal