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Media coverage

KGMI 790 AM The Connection, April 2007
ProWorld Director of Operations Nick Bryngelson was interviewed by Mike Kent on KGMI's The Connection.  Nick and Mike talked about ProWorld's mission, the effect on the communities and the participants, what inspires Nick, ProWorld's Social Enterprise model and ProWorld's projects. 

PBS 39 TEMPO!, September 2006
PBS 39 covered DeSales University's SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) trip to Peru to work on a number of development projects including ProPeru’s cleaner burning stove project in the Sacred Valley. Watch the video here (show #402 September 4-8, 2006)
DeSales Students in Free Enterprise video
This video, shot by Joshua Lee, shows some highlights of the the SIFE team's trip to Peru, including their stove construction in Yanaconas and their visit to the Valley of Chicon.  Click here to watch it at YouTube.

Chicago Public Radio, Worldview: Global Activism, August 17, 2006
Striking Out Smoke in Peru
Robert Klaber, a ProPeru volunteer and founder of the Strike Out Smoke (S.O.S.) Project talks to Worldview about his Goldman Sachs Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Fund award to raise money for the cleaner burning stove project in the Sacred Valley, Peru.

In rural areas of Peru, traditional stoves trap smoke and cause bronchial diseases and premature death. Former Buffalo Grove resident Robert Klaber saw this as a ProPeru NGO Intern and started the Strike Out Smoke program. They’ve now purchased more than 800 clean burning stoves for 13 Peruvian communities.


The Miscellany News, April 29th, 2005
"Student receives grant to build stoves in Peru"
After spending the Fall 2004 semester studying abroad in Cuzco, Peru, Chris Freimuth returned to Peru. With the assistance of a Burnam Fellowship, Freimuth continued the work that he began in the fall of 2004, assisting ProPeru’s Clean Burning Stove project.  Read more here

International Educator, September-October 2006 (p. 24)
A feature article on “The New Internship Abroad”, which cites the efforts in this area by a number of institutions.  Read it online

Stories by Volunteers
Verge Magazine, Fall 2006 and Abroad View Magazine
“Proof of Life”
ProPeru volunteer, Anita Martin, discovers that a small community-based eco-tourism project in Peru speaks volumes about the local people.  Read more here

Abroad View Magazine, October 26th 2006
“ProPeru to the Peace Corps”
"ProPeru struck me as a perfect organization to try my hand at international volunteerism with a summer commitment, a desire for grassroots experience, and a need for knowledgeable staff to support and guide me.  The NGO internship program was tailored to the individual, not towards large groups of English speaking “gringos”, and the idea of being on my own in the internship while having a safety net in the community was appealing." Read the whole article here.

Global Study Magazine
"A closer look..."
ProPeru Volunteer Christina Keller writes about her road to development work.  Read more here

White Mountain School Video
One of the basic necessities of high altitude communities is satisfying the protein intake of their daily diet, as potato is the only crop that will grow at such altitudes. Due to the fact that a common natural resource in the communities of Chaullacocha y Chupani is water, it was possible to introduce an alternative animal breeding activity to resolve this problem.  ProPeru designed and installed trout farms in the communities of Chuallacocha and Chupani in January and March 2005 with The White Mountain School. The supplemental protein provided by trout is important in improving the daily nutritional intake of community members and providing an additional source of economic income for some families.  Watch a short clip of the video or a longer clip of highlights

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