BENEFITING: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Most of you who know me are aware of my passion for solar energy and my enthusiasm for using it to help people who most need it. This October, I'm volunteering for GRID Alternatives’ International Program to install two off-grid photovoltaic systems on a primary school and a health post in the community of La Trinidad, Boaco.
Help power a community -
The community of La Trinidad is 7kM (4.35 miles!) from the electric grid, and the 198 people in the village.
Though there is water piped to most homes, it is often polluted causing diarrhea and other disease. The health post in La Trinidad is the only one in the surrounding 11 communities, and sees 40-50 patients per day. Vaccines are kept in two small coolers at the health post, and the nurse, Tanyusca brings enough ice to keep them cool every Monday. If she feels that she is running out of ice she goes back to the closest big town or sends someone to bring ice so the vaccines are kept at the right temperature. There are some people with diabetes that need insulin every day, and because there is no refrigeration system these patients need to travel around 20km ones or twice a week to get medication.
I will be helping to repair a solar system on the health post and install a solar-powered DC refrigerator.
At the school, there are 12 children that attend to kindergarten and 33 attend first through sixth grade. The school is in very well maintained and is in very good condition. When students finish primary school they have to travel to the nearest town for high school education since there is no high school in La Trinidad.
GRID Alternatives' volunteers will install a 1.38kW system on the elementary school, bringing lights and AC power to the school that the teacher and students can use to improve education in their community.
Help me learn new skills –
I’ve been working for a solar nonprofit for the last 3 years, and will have the chance to donate some of my skills to this project, but I get to learn too! I’ve never installed a battery-based system, nor have I repaired a system before.
The average annual income in Nicaragua is only $1200 per year – that’s less than $3.50 per day. Families in this part of Central America can barely afford the basics like health care, education, and electricity.
La Trinidad, Boaco, is in the central region of Nicaragua, about 2 hours east of Managua. Check it out!
I’ll be gone from October 24 – November 3rd, but I need to meet my fundraising goal by the end of September!
I need your help! I need to meet my goal of $1600 before September 26th! I’ve already donated $800, can you match me? Donate today! Tax deductible ;-)