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On November 1st of every year the people of Sumpango, Guatemala, put
together giant kites to fly during the Day of the Dead at the All Saints
Day Kite Festival.
The vibrantly colored designs on the kites, made of cloth and paper with bamboo frames, depict religious or folkloric themes and are flown in nearby cemeteries to honor the dead.
Traditionally, the building of the kites takes 40 days, with the first marked by the village’s unmarried men heading out at 4:00 am to laboriously collect bamboo for the kite frames. Every part of the kite is natural; the glue is a mixture of yucca flower, lemon peel, and water, the ropes are made of the maguey plant, and the tails from woven cloth.
In 2017, we will once again bring volunteers to experience this 3,000 year-old tradition. This is one of our most popular volunteer trips, so reserve your place by completing an application today. All ages are welcome!
For trip details, please visit our trip page.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to celebrate the things that bring us together and unite us toward our common goals.
The goal of replacing open fires in Latin America is not one we can accomplish alone. Instead, it is our collective time, energy and action to achieve the greatest impact that moves us forward one family and one stove at a time.
The unity at StoveTeam International comes from a shared commitment to help those in need and to preserve the environment for future generations.
Thank you – our office volunteers, event “tablers,” advice providers, peer-to-peer fundraisers, field-work collaborators, and donors – for your hard work and support of providing fuel-efficient cookstoves. You put the “team” in StoveTeam!
Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving immediately
following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It presents an opportunity to
give back. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. You can
be a part of this international movement by donating to StoveTeam on November 29.
Giving Assistant, a featured partner of StoveTeam International, will host Giving Week from November 23 through November 29. When you shop during Giving Week, you’ll earn the highest cash back rates of the year. Even better, Giving Assistant will double every donation made to StoveTeam International. Make holiday shopping feel good again! To sign up visit: https://givingassistant.org/np#stoveteam-international.
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