cyber monday + coal in your stocking.

Around 107 million people will shop online today.

On this Cyber Monday, I am super excited to feature a creative and innovative way to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti. All it takes is us + $20 + a computer. 🙂

One of the most awesome people I know, Natalie, recently shared about the The Adventure Project’s first initiative—selling coal. That’s right—coal! (Below has been lifted from her wonderful blog—she says it better than I can!)

Please consider using $20 or more to buy coal instead of something else on your Christmas list.

There are 10,000 Haitians who we want to help with a new stove.

Invest in people — not things — this Cyber Monday.

Jody and Becky have seen the effectiveness of charcoal-efficient stoves around in the world and especially in Haiti. They have talked to people using the stoves, including a woman in a Haitian tent city who makes and sells coffee using her stove.

Some stats:
+ 3 billion people are exposed to toxic smoke while cooking each day
+ cooking on traditional stoves and open fires causes 1.9 million premature deaths each year
+ acute respiratory infections — often due to breathing in smoke — are the number one cause of death for children under 5
+ the smoke from a bad stove is equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day

That’s not good, right?

The Adventure Project is using your money to do two things.
1: Give charcoal-efficient stoves to families in Haitian tent cities.
2: Help set up a factory and  train micro-entrepreneurs

There are two options available to you.
1: Give coal for Christmas. Each box comes with a piece of coal and a pamphlet explaining the project. Your $20 will buy a family a stove.
2: Donate to support The Coal Project and other future projects.


[all photos by Esther Havens]

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About Kayla

I'm a full-time journalist turned work-at-home writer. I'm hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we're smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (3), who joined our family via international adoption, and Asher (1), who came the old-fashioned way. I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there's beauty in the broken. I hope Many Sparrows will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing. When I’m not changing diapers and sweeping Cheerios, I’m tickling the ivory keys of my old school MacBook as a freelance writer and editor. And when I’m not doing that, I’m sneaking into the living room in the wee hours of the night to blog about all of the things. (Primarily faith, family, style, adoption, design, and happy thoughts.)
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