Inefficient and dangerous open fire cooking stoves continue to be prevalent in rural Guatemala. These stoves not only are environmentally unfriendly, but also lead to serious health risks including, chronic respiratory illness and serious burns predominately effecting woman and young children.
As orphanages, vulnerable communities, and families struggle to provide all the nutritional needs for their children, HRI works to provide vital nutritional support. This support has shown to improve overall health, school enrollment, attendance, academic performance, and gender equity.
Planting community, school, and home gardens plays an integral role in combating malnutrition and poverty, especially in communities where basic subsistence farming on rented land is the norm. Gardens supplement nutritional support programs with vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables and more.