Clean Cookstoves making a difference in the health of Nicaraguans

Aura-Rios has already seen a difference in her home and her health.

For many years, when Aura-Rios wasn’t cooking meals for her family over a smoky open fire in her Nicaraguan home, she and her daughter were preparing meals for area farmers over even larger fires.

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Aura-Rios has seen a difference in her home and her health when she received a Clean Cookstove from Samaritan's Purse.

Living day after day in a smoky haze—with little or no ventilation—took its toll on Aura’s health, and her daughter died from complications from a lung infection a few months ago.

Like most others in the region—and millions of others around the world—Aura had no safer option for preparing meals for her family, despite a doctor’s warning that the smoke was killing her.

“I didn’t have anything like a proper chimney or pipes like I have with the new stove, so all the smoke stayed inside the kitchen, and I was breathing  all that in all the time,” she says.

“One day I just started coughing and coughing and had a really bad pain in my back and in my chest. I couldn’t stop coughing, so I decided to go to the doctor. He told me that the smoke was causing my sickness, and that my condition was becoming permanent.”

But since receiving her Clean Cookstove, Aura has already seen a difference in her home and her health.

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“It’s really wonderful there’s no smoke in my kitchen . . . I used to cook in that area!” she says, pointing to a charred corner of the cement floor in her small kitchen, where the wooden beams and tiles above are also blackened.

The support of generous Canadians like you provides families with Clean Cookstoves, creating healthier homes and a brighter future. You can provide more families with this simple, life-saving technology through your donations and prayers.

And when you do, we have an opportunity to tell these families why they are being helped: “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NKJV).

Your donation of $200 can help someone like Aura get a Clean Cookstove and have a healthier future. You can also donate a portion of that amount and help pay for a stove.

Ways you can help


Please pray for those around the world facin poverty, malnutrition, and poor health - often with little opportunity forg proper medical care. Pray also that, as Samaritan's Purse is able to meet physical needs, that there will be opportunities to share the life-changing truth of the Gospel for those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Families in Nicaragua are being provided Clean Cookstoves and a future free of deadly indoor pollution. In Bolivia, alternative agriculture methods and health and nutrition education are reducing malnutrition in children and creating healthy futures for families. Meeting people’s physical needs is coupled with teaching about the ultimate source of life and hope, Jesus Christ. You can expand this work through your generous gifts. Donate Here