The Global Challenge


Over 3 billion people cook over an open fire everyday.


Women and girls are disproportionately burdened with time-consuming tasks of collecting fire wood and cooking in these conditions. The results are staggering. Four million people die each year from illness caused by indoor air pollution-related diseases. 50% of deaths from pneumonia of children under 5 are caused by breathing particulates from household air pollution. Collecting wood can be a dangerous business; in remote areas of Africa, 82% of rapes occur while girls are collecting firewood.

When women have more time and education, their families prosper.


by the numbers


Of the world’s population cooks over open fire


Die annually from indoor air pollution


OF CLEARED Forest LANDS never get replanted