With the holidays now upon us, the season of giving has arrived as well. If you’re looking for a great cause to donate to this year, then I’d recommend you consider one of my favorite organizations, the Himalayan Stove Project. The purpose behind the HSP is simple. Its goal is to improve the health, and change the lives, of people living in the Himalaya by replacing their inefficient and inadequate cook stoves, with cleaning burning models that use less fuel. These stoves are better for the environment and produce far less smoke and other noxious fumes, substantially reducing the health risks that use the stoves on a daily basis.
The HSP can use your contributions to the cause at all times of the year, but come next Tuesday they will especially appreciate those donations. That’s because they are taking part in #GivingTuesday (which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday of course) during which all of our contributions will be matched on a 1-to-1 basis by another generous donor. To take part, all you have to do is text “STOVE” to 50155.
You can also help the cause while picking up some new gear for yourself at the same time. When you visit the Himalayan Stove Project’s Supporters and Sponsors page you can get new gear from the like of Clothing Arts and Eastern Mountain Sports and with every purchase that is made, a donation is made to the HSP. We all know that EMS has all kinds of items we’d like to add to our personal gear closets, and Clothing Arts makes innovative clothing that can help keep your valuables safe while traveling.
One of the things that I love so much about the Himalayan Stove Project is that is is doing great work that has a direct impact on the lives of the people that they are trying to help. More than 1400 stoves have already been installed in homes across the Himalaya, dramatically changing the lives of the families that have received them. The HSP isn’t trying to pursue some nebulous plan that could pay off at some point in the future, they’re actually affecting change now. Our donations will go directly to helping further that cause, while saving lives at the same time.
I know that the holidays are a time when we’re often busy and stretched thin. I also know that budgets are often tight as we search for the perfect gift for loved ones. But if you should find a little spare cash that you want to give to a good cause, consider making that cause the Himalayan Stove Project. They’re doing great work in a part of the world that we all love.
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