Currently serving and returned Peace Corps volunteers recently joined forces with Rotary International to deliver efficient cookstoves to 65 households across two villages in Vanuatu. Returned volunteers Charles Hunt of Denver, who served in Vanuatu from 2006-2008, and Dennis Mello, who served in Vanuatu from 2007-2009, along with support from the Denver LoDo Rotary Club and the Port Vila Vanuatu Rotary Club, not only provided the cookstoves but are also studying their impact.

“As a Rotarian and an RPCV, there are opportunities to make a difference if you are willing to act,” Hunt said. “This is an opportunity to help the people of Vanuatu and research the effectiveness of our efforts at the same time to give us a better opportunity to create a sustainable project.” Check out the project’s youtube video.