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U.K. Taxpayer Donations to U.S.-Based Himalayan Stove Project Now Count for More

Community Action Nepal Accepts Gift Aid Donations on Behalf of Clean Cookstove Organization

TAOS, NM (September 30, 2014)The Himalayan Stove Project (HSP)—a U.S.-based nonprofit that distributes free, clean-burning cook stoves to the people of the high Himalayas to reduce deadly household air pollution (HAP)—announces a new donation arrangement with longtime U.K.-based implementing partner and supporter Community Action Nepal (CAN). The arrangement allows U.K. taxpayers donating through the U.K.’s Gift Aid program to designate CAN donation funds for HSP.

The U.K.’s Gift Aid program increases the value of donations to charities by allowing charities to reclaim the basic rate tax on gifts. According to the Gift Aid website, “Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the charity.”

“We all agree that it is good to co-operate like this,” says Ruth Moore of CAN. “The Himalayan Stove Project’s life enhancing stoves contribute greatly to our work to aid the Nepalese people. Now, through our benefits with the Gift Aid program, U.K. donations to HSP can count for more clean, efficient stoves, which means even more families will be protected from the deadly effects of household air pollution.”

Himalayan Stove Project Founder George Basch (right), His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (center) and Rebecca Stephens (left), the current president of the Himalayan Trust and the first British woman to summit Everest, survey a model of Mount Everest at the 60th anniversary celebration of the peak’s first summit, held on April 29, 2013 at the Royal Geographical Society.

Since its foundation, the Himalayan Stove Project has donated more than 3,000 cookstoves to the people of the high Himalayas, with the help of implementing partners like the CAN organization, which help facilitate the placement of these donations into the remote mountain homes of families in the greatest need.

“We are very grateful to our Himalayan partner CAN, which has been a great supporter of our program since the beginning, for facilitating this donation process,” says HSP Founder George Basch. “With 4.3 million premature deaths caused yearly by HAP (more than Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB, combined), our cause is of critical importance. The more donations we can collect, the sooner we can meet the estimated need for more than 1,000,000 stoves in the Nepal Himalayan region.”

Founded by Doug Scott CBE, who in 1975 made the first British ascent of Everest, Community Action Nepal is a U.K.-based charity whose aim is to bring long term benefits to the resourceful and proud Nepalese mountain people. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education, porter welfare and cultural development. Supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe, CAN’s Kathmandu office and Nepali staff facilitate projects on the ground. Funds are raised from donations, fundraising events, sales of Nepali goods, grants and Doug Scott’s lecture tours.

U.K. income tax payers who wish to make a Gift-Aid Qualifying Donation to the Himalayan Stove Project can do so by following the links at http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/donate-uk-gift-aid. For more information about or to donate to the Himalayan Stove Project, located at 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #305, Taos, NM, 87571, visit http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/transforming-lives or www.facebook.com/himalayanstoveproject, or call 505-363-8863. Donations can also be made by texting “stove” to 50155.

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