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Generous Girl Donates a Stove to a Guatemalan Family

by Katie Carroll | Mar 29, 2014

Yesterday, our Tigard REAL. LIFE. Exhibit received a visit from a very generous local girl!

After visiting the exhibit with her nursing school class this winter, Oregon resident Stephanie Hartwig brought home several flyers about MTI's work to share with her family.  Her 7-year-old daughter Kylah was very interested in the material and decided she wanted to raise money for a ventilated stove to help a family in Guatemala.  For Christmas, Kylah requested that her family and friends donate a portion of what they would have spent on her presents to her stove fund.

Kylah ended up raising $150 - even more than the $130 it costs to build a stove - and came in with her parents to personally donate!

Kylah with her stove fund jar. 

Fuel-efficient, ventilated stoves help reduce respiratory illness and improve the health and lives Guatemalan families.

This traditional stove fills a home with smoke, making it difficult for children to breathe.


A Guatemalan family with a new ventilated stove built by MTI volunteers.

Thank you to Kylah and all of our donors who time and again generously demonstrate the love of Christ to all people in need!  

Visit our REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to experience firsthand what it's like to live in a Guatemalan community where children die easily from preventable diseases.