Appropriate Technology Collaborative

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative creates sustainable technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide. We design, develop, demonstrate, and distribute affordable technologies. Working in collaboration with local talent and other nonprofits (NGOs) we create solutions that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.
Jul 19, 2013

Additional Material Added to "Circuits and Solar"

This summer we added sections to our "Circuits and Solar" curriculum, and we have had our first trial of the new curriculum yesterday and today (in Guatemala)

The additional material helps students understand how to connect solar panels together to either create higher voltage or higher amperage.  (The total amount of electricity is the same)

We are not achieving our goal to support our NGO friends in Cameroon.  We will continue this campaign and add a new page on our website to see if we can create a better support network for our partners.  

We will be posting about the Cameroon campaign later this fall.  

Thank you 

John Barrie

May 22, 2013

Exceeding Expectations

Testing a Small Solar Power System
Testing a Small Solar Power System

I am just back from Guatemala where I met with the lead teacher for women's class for Circuits and Solar.

We had 32 women sign up to learn to teach the class for the Spring / Summer term.  We had originally decided that we would teach 2 women mentors in the Spring and another 2 women in the Fall.  With such enthusiasm on the part of the teachers we have changed the program to teach 12 Mayan women mentors this summer and a total of 45 students in the fall.  Note:  This far exceeds our original goal of teaching 4 women mentors and 24 - 36 students.  

This leaves us with a dilemma.  We have created a class that bridges the technology gap between men and women but because the class is expensive to teach (each student and teacher receives a solar power kit which costs ATC just under $100.00 each) plus we have had to add a class in how to use basic construction tools for the women mentors.   It looks like we  are going to come up short at the end of the year by $3,500 - $4,000.

We try to have our reports be upbeat and not just another request for funding.  Unfortunately this time we need to break with our tradition and ask you for a donation to help this program be the success people have come to expect from The Appropriate Technology Collaborative.  

Also of news, we have made some changes in the curriculum and how the class is taught.  Each student and teacher will be responsible for installing their solar power system in a home or other building that lacks electricity.  They will work in groups so everyone has experience with more than one installation. 

Apr 18, 2013

Cameroon Solar Update

Reading by Candle Light
Reading by Candle Light

Our solar project in Cameroon needs a funding push to get enough funding to teach Circuits and Solar.

Our other similar projects show that once a class graduates they have the skills to understand, maintain and repair solar power systems.  Solar is less expensive than kerosene lamps so the people who purchase solar power save money.  We had one family tell us that they saved about 25% of their disposable income just because they chose to buy a solar light.

The solar light you see attached to this email is a very simple light that also can charge a cell phone.  It is brighter than a kerosene lamp and it does not create toxic fumes.

We are working on a website devoted to this project which I hope will take this Global Giving campaign to the next level.

Solar lighting businesses are sustainable ventures that provide jobs and create conditions that lead to better health and better education.

 

Thank you for your support.

Inexpensive Solar Light and Cell Phone Charger
Inexpensive Solar Light and Cell Phone Charger

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