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After living abroad in mostly developing countries for 30 years, the Reinharts relocated to San Diego in 1996. The family established the Reinhart Family Foundation, later renamed the Maya Relief Foundation, to improve the health and well being of the Maya people by providing them with fuel-efficient stoves and portable water filters.
Maya women cook food with fires built on a wooden pallet called a polleton. Because the open cooking fires are inside the home, families breathe in toxic fumes, which cause eye irritations and respiratory problems.
In addition to the health benefits of the foundation’s Eko-Stoves, the wood-burning stoves use 70 percent less firewood, which saves families money and time.
In addition to the stove and water filter, which are both made in Guatemala, the foundation helps every family organize their home and plant their own garden. The foundation also supplies women with multi-nutritional prenatal vitamins donated by the Kirk Humanitarian Foundation.
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