San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups in developing countries, is proud to announce that is was recently awarded the GoAbroad Innovation in Sustainability Award for its Cleaner Burning Stoves Project in Peru. The awards were announced at GoAbroad’s reception during the NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.
“We are thrilled to have won this award for our Cleaner Burning Stoves Project in Peru,” said Richard A. Webb, founder and president of ProWorld. “We are extremely proud of the positive impact our stoves project has had in Peru, specifically in helping to reduce the negative effects of indoor air pollution on women and children in rural communities.”
ProWorld has spent the last 12 years connecting volunteers with Peruvian locals to implement community development projects in the Cusco and Urubamba regions of Peru. To date, with the help of community partners, students, volunteers, interns, and various funds, ProWorld Peru has installed more than 6,000 cleaner burning stoves in rural Peruvian communities. The impact of these stoves has been profound – in both sustainability and health. As a leader in this space, ProWorld Peru stoves were part of the first UN Gold Standard grade carbon credit stove project in Peru.
To read more details about ProWorld’s Cleaner Burning Stoves project, please visit: http://www.proworldvolunteers.org/projects/cleaner-stoves-project
The GoAbroad Innovation Awards reception recognized every organization and institution that was a finalist, as well as revealing the winners in each category. Each finalist was evaluated based on the quality of the submission, combined with the originality, creativity, and exceptional ideas expressed in the contribution. The GoAbroad Innovations Academy, comprised of a small group of esteemed international educators, selected the winners.
ProWorld’s mission is to empower communities, promote social and economic development, conserve the environment, and cultivate educated compassionate global citizens. ProWorld’s founders, Richard A. Webb and Nick Bryngelson, started ProWorld twelve years ago with the vision of creating sustainable change by working closely and collaboratively with local communities to connect them with global volunteers.
ProWorld volunteer abroad opportunities are also offered in Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, and Thailand, and focus on important global issues: health, environment and social/economic development. Recently, ProWorld launched ProWorld Foundation, a non-profit that works closely with ProWorld field offices to identify and raise additional funding for the most successful and influential projects. To date, ProWorld volunteers have logged more than 800,000 hours of volunteer service and injected more than $7 million of needed capital into local economies.
ProWorld (http://www.proworldvolunteers.org) facilitates volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups with community projects in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure magazine listed ProWorld as one of its “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.” ProWorld is a division of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with Intrax and ProWorld offices in 20 countries.
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