We frequently discuss our local partnerships in Central America – our partner factories, local municipalities who help us to distribute stoves, and other in-country NGO’s who help amplify our work. For StoveTeam, local means both strong connections in the countries where we work AND strong relationships back home, here in Oregon. Two important connections that continue to boost our work at home and abroad are student groups from Oregon State University and University of Oregon.
StoveTeam has facilitated multiple student trips ranging in focus from engineering to journalism. Through these programs, students gain priceless life experience while StoveTeam is able to connect with and educate a younger population of supporters. These millennials provide us with a stronger presence back home through social media, photography, and by sharing their unique perspectives.
*Note: All photos in this newsletter were taken by student participants.
OSU Professor and stove expert herself, Dr. Nordica McCarty has helped facilitate two StoveTeam trips, the most recent in September 2018. Upon returning last month, she shared:
“The ongoing relationship we have formed with the staff, partners, and beneficiaries of StoveTeam International is a vital part of the humanitarian engineering program at Oregon State... StoveTeam not only invites and facilitates our students to conduct research through their projects, but also directly provides a wealth of expertise from the practitioner’s perspective.”
These connections and countless other Oregon-based supporters are crucial in extending our impact in Central America AND supporting us here in Oregon.