Meet Elizabeth Michelle. She is a cook at Ecole Communale Pierre Labitre, one of the 100 schools in the World Central Kitchen Haiti Breathes program which converts charcoal school kitchens to LPG gas in partnership with Switch Haiti.

storyphoto-rightalignMs. Michelle has been cooking with this smile on her face for 7 years, preparing over 700 meals a day for hungry students. However, conditions in this kitchen are less than optimal with no ventilation, no running water, and unhealthy charcoal stoves.

Through the Haiti Breathes program, we will not only be converting this school kitchen to LPG gas, but will also give it a complete remodel. The remodel will include stainless steel sinks with running water, prep tables, storage racks and food safety and sanitation training.

In a world where an estimated 4.3 million people die every year from household air pollutants from cooking with fuels such as charcoal, this transformation is vital to the health of these employees and students.

Stay tuned for updates on Ecole Communale Pierre Labitre school and the other schools in our Haiti Breathes program!