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Agua Fria/El Guaylo, Esteli - Two Solar Health Clinics

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THE STORY:

From November 14-22, 2015, GRID Alternatives is leading a team of volunteers to Nicaragua to install off-grid PV systems on two health clinics in the towns of El Guaylo and Agua Fria, Esteli. Volunteers will work in two groups to install the battery-based systems that will bring lights and AC power to the rural health posts called “casa bases”.

The health posts are used every week by the community to treat a range of injuries and illnesses since the closest hospital takes hours to walk to from each community. A volunteer health worker is on call at each health post and several times a year the posts are used by health brigades that bring vaccines and other medical services to each community.

The PV systems will allow lights for medical consultations and electric appliances like nebulizers, fans, and other basic medical equipment to be used.

The community of El Guaylo, Esteli is home to 261 people living in 58 houses. Most of the homes use kerosene lamps to see at night which emit harmful gases, are flammable, and are expensive to use due to the cost of kerosene fuel and the time it takes to purchase fuel in a nearby town. Most families also have flashlights that use AAA batteries that need to be replaced every two weeks. When someone is injured or sick, is having a baby or need s routine medical check up, s/he has to walk for hours to a nearby town to be seen if lights, electricity, or anything other than basic medical supplies or advice is needed.

In January 2015, GRID volunteers installed a PV system on the elementary school in El Guaylo. Since then, the community has been able to use the lights and power to improve the quality of education offered at the school. During the November installation, the school will be a key place to have lights at night and will allow the solar team to charge drill batteries, walkie talkies and other tools while they are working on the health clinic.

Agriculture is the main source of income in El Guaylo and local people cultivate wheat, corn and beans, and raise cattle. There is a cell phone signal in this community and there is at least one cell phone in every house. Families recharge their cell phones in the community with the people that own a small solar system (seven homes) or in nearby town called Limay. El Guaylo residents do have potable water in their homes.

Agua Fria, Esteli is a small town located in the department of Esteli, Nicaragua. The community is made up of 159 people living in 30 houses and is 6km from the electric grid. There is a public bus that visits the community twice a week when the road is passable in the dry season.

Residents of Agua Fria do not have electricity and most use kerosene lamps or candles to see at night. While many families own a cell phone, there is not a strong signal in the community so people walk up a hill to find a spot that has enough reception to make or receive a call. The houses in Agua Fria do not have running water, but there is a well with potable water nearby where families haul water in buckets from the well to their houses. Laundry and bathing take place in a nearby river.

The main economic activity in the community is agriculture. Families grow wheat, corn and beans and some families also raise cattle. The crops are mainly consumed by the families that grow them, but some are sold at a local market for income.

While in the rural community, the group will participate in cultural activities to better understand the “campesino” way of life, such as learning how to make tortillas, or rosquillas, a popular corn-based desert. Before and after the installation, volunteers may have a chance to go on a hike, see an eco-resort, enjoy the architecture in a Colonial town and experience more aspects of Nicaraguan food, music and culture.

To learn more about this project please visit http://gridalternatives.org/learn/programs/international-program/el-guaylo-and-agua-fria

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$2,711

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  • Kara Muraki

    $50

  • Sfunster

    $50

  • Fellow Solar enthusiast.

    $50

  • Daniel Barickman

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Fellow SFUNster

    $50

  • Emily Brown

    $50

  • Alec Guettel

    $200

  • Bill

    $20

  • I

    $30

  • Cameron

     

  • Karolo

    $30

  • Larry Napoli

    $50

  • Arthur Scott

    $100

  • Sungevity

    $1,500

  • Cease & Desist

    $236

  • Anonymous

    $50

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  • Ron & Judy Douglass

    $75

  • Anonymous

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14% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

In support of Kelsey Lyons and her effort to bring the sun to everyone! 2 years ago

Ron & Judy Douglass

Ron & Judy Douglass

DONATION: $75

Go, Kelsey! Have a wonderful, productive trip. 2 years ago

Wendy Lyon

Wendy Lyon

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Go Kelsey 2 years ago

Cease & Desist

Cease & Desist

DONATION: $236

2 years ago

Sungevity

Sungevity

DONATION: $1,500

Shine On! 2 years ago

Arthur Scott

Arthur Scott

DONATION: $100

Go SFUN Corps!!! 2 years ago

Larry Napoli

Larry Napoli

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Karolo

Karolo

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Cameron

Cameron

Sorry I couldn't make it last night! 2 years ago