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.
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