Solar energy for families in Santo Domingo, Panama



Northwestern University students are providing two communities with training and materials to install household solar panel systems and build educational capacity by equipping schools with computers.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Santo Domingo and Santa Librada are located in Chagres National Park, Panama. The communities do not have access to electricity because of their isolation. Our group has worked with them to install photovoltaic systems which light community buildings and family homes, power a school computer, protect livestock, and power a school refrigerator. We provide technical expertise, training and funding assistance. These projects benefit the communities’ health, economy and environment.

How will this project solve this problem?

We work in rural villages of Panama to provide solar electricity for families. Our project focuses on aid that is sustainable: we teach the community members about modern electricity practices and provide them with support to last for a lifetime.

Potential Long Term Impact

By using solar energy instead of kerosene lamps, families can save money, protect their health by improving indoor air quality, continue craftwork and studying after dark, reduce carbon emissions, and use solar-energy expertise as an economic asset.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,938

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,938 .  The original project funding goal was $19,436.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Thanks to 118 donors like you, a total of $5,938 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Sumeeth Jonathan

Team Member
Manalapan, NJ United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Solar energy for families in Santo Domingo, Panama
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