BENEFITING: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
EVENT DATE: Jul 27, 2013
In July 2013, Power to the People volunteers will install solar panels on an elementary school and cafeteria in the town of Santa Ana, Nicaragua.
Santa Ana is a small community with approximately 50 families, located about five kilometers from the Panamerican Highway. The community is located inside a private, protected reserve called “Reserva Silvestre Privada Domitila” – the first private protected area in Nicaragua established in 2001 and comprises 300 hectares on land owned by Don Roberto Mejia. Santa Ana does not have access to conventional grid electricity because of its remote location.
The current land ownership situation in Santa Ana is reminiscent of colonial and post-colonial latifundios. Community members do not own the land upon which they reside or cultivate crops. The community cultivates corn, squash, cucumber, rice, beans, watermelon, yucca and plantain, which are then sold in the markets in Nandaime, Granada and Managua. They carry all of their harvested crops by horse to the main road where they can take a bus.
Like most communities without electricity, the families in Santa Ana use flash lights and candles when they need light. In many cases, families get most of their chores done early during the daytime and go bed early. Some families use kerosene lamps which can cause serious burns or long-term respiratory problems when the fumes are inhaled.
This trip will cost me $1,600 which includes entance fees, tips, snacks, taxes, housing, meals, and transportation