Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Co-founder of Trees, Water & People wins humanitarian award

Stuart Conway, the Co-founder of Ashden award-winning Trees, Water & People (TWP), has been honoured with the 2010 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. This prestigious award is presented annually by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). The award recognises Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who continue to make sustained and distinguished contributions to humanitarian causes or are innovative social entrepreneurs bringing about significant long-term change. Conway is a proud RPCV who served in Guatemala for three years as an Extension Agent and Trainer for the Conservation of Natural Resources Programme.

Trees, Water, & People won an Ashden Award in 2005 for their work, led by Conway, to develop and install the fuel-efficient Justa cookstove. These nifty stoves improve human health while reducing wood usage for fuel and decreasing carbon emissions. Conway has since expanded his beneficial stove program throughout Central America and Haiti, coordinating the building of more than 40,000 fuel-efficient stoves and directly improving the lives of more than 200,000 people. He has also managed the planting of nearly 4 million trees throughout Central America and Haiti since 1998.

For more information on the work of Trees, Water & People, visit our website.

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