Courtney's Power to the People Page
Organized by: Courtney Boyd
EVENT DATE Oct 26, 2014
Why am I doing this? As you know, I've been working for a solar non-profit, and learning how solar energy works, for the past two years. This fall I will travel and see a country, land, and people I have little experience or knowledge of. I'm eager to experience Nicaraguan life, and volunteer my time helping a community through the power of the sun, our most devoted friend.
The people of Nicaragua could use some help with basic needs, including energy, clean water, and medicine/healthcare. Individuals make around $1,200/yr or $3/day, and so often can't afford basics.
Electricity generation in rural areas remains below 40% and is the lowest in Central America. Most rural families that are not connected to the grid use a “candil” or kerosene lamp for light in the homes. The problem with this form of lighting is that it can lead to respiratory illness and disease, and even has the potential to explode or cause fires. Solar can help relax the use of these forms of lighting.
The school: Installing a battery based solar system on the school in La Trinidad will allow evening adult literacy classes, the teacher can plan lessons after hours, preventatives and emergency care will be improved on site.
The health post: Vaccines are keep in two small coolers at the health post. Every Monday, the nurse brings enough ice to keep them cool and if she feels that she is running out of ice she goes back to a larger town that sells ice or sends someone to the closest town to get ice so the vaccines stay at the correct temperature. We will install a solar powered dc refrigeration unit, making more efficient use of time for these employees, allowing them to devote that time to the patients that need it.