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Provide Solar Power/Boost Cell Phone Signal - Los Encuentros

Organized by: christine schraeder

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August 25, 2014

Lights are ON in Los Encuentros!!! Thank you all for your help, you are all very dear!!! See More

EVENT DATE Aug 08, 2014

THE STORY:

I will be going to Los Encuentros, Nicargua with Grid Alternatives to help build a 1.38 KW, off-grid, photovoltaic system on a primary school to provide light and more educational opportunity for the residents. We've added scope to try to install 3G cell phone repeater to stabilize the extremely "spotty" cell phone coverage for the community to improve communications as well as begin to access the internet.  Los Encuentros is a quaint town tucked away deep in the foothills of the mountains of Matagalpa where there is no road access. One must walk a narrow, winding footpath 45 minutes from the main dirt road. 

The community consists of 36 houses, some clustered around the school, and others about 20 minutes walking distance from each other.  The main economic activity in the community is agriculture however, there are a number of families who make a living raising cattle and tanning cow hides to prepare leather to be sold and made into leather goods at the local market in Darío. 

The school consists of three classrooms and was built in 1997 by the Nicaraguan government. There are a total of 81 students (preschool through sixth grade), three primary school teachers and one preschool teacher.  Families in Los Encuentros use kerosene lamps in their homes to see at night.  Although cell phone service is currently poor in the area, there are 12 cell phones in the community.  We hope to greatly improve their existing signal by installing a repeater.  

The 1.38 kW PV system will provide the school with AC electricity (lights and power outlets).  Members of Los Encuentros agree that given the large student population and the growing needs of the community, the school could greatly benefit from having a PV system. The photovoltaic system will provide not only lights and power for the school but would serve as a central charging place for cell phones and other appliances in the community.

Update: 7/19/2014 - Members of the in-country part of the team have measured a respectable signal in the town, itself. Installing a repeater should prove to be a viable improvement!!

Update: 8/3/2014 - Just got word that they have finished a rufimentary road into the village.  So, provided it doesn't flood out (which is very possible) we will be tumbling into the village in the back of a truck!  :)  

$300

 

15% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

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  • frank & Kathy

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  • Lynn and Barbara

    $20

  • Bev. & Bob

    $50

  • Rose & Bob Blaylock

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Donor Comments

Rose & Bob Blaylock

Rose & Bob Blaylock

DONATION: $100

Glad to support you on this adventure and humanitarian project. Will keep you in our prayers, be safe, and have fun!! 4 years ago

Bev. & Bob

Bev. & Bob

DONATION: $50

Christine, I knew when you were a young'un that you would so something wonderful in this world. Stay safe, keeping you in our prayers. 4 years ago

Lynn and Barbara

Lynn and Barbara

DONATION: $20

What a wonderful project! 4 years ago

frank & Kathy

frank & Kathy

DONATION: $20

Do good, have fun and be careful...OK? 4 years ago

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DONATION: $100

We love you and appreciate your love for those less fortunate. God go with you. Mom & Dad 4 years ago

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DONATION: $10

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