I visited part three of the workshop as the women were starting to test solar panels and wire together their "Kits Solares". There was a level of intensity and excitement in the room with the women asking lots of questions and having fun learning new skills. Several days after the workshop, I talked with Norma, the Director of Starfish in Panajachel and she said that for many of the women this was a life changing experience. They never had imagined that they could learn and accomplished so much in a technical field like solar power. The ultimate goal of our Mayan Power and Light project is to help Mayan Girls start a solar power cooperative. The workshop participants have already asked us for extra solar hardware for additional installations. Success: We have been very fortunate to collaborate with Starfish One-By-One, an NGO which provides opportunities and mentoring for young Mayan women and our Engineers José Ordoñez and Carlos Alvarez, who make learning technical subjects fun. We also thank Michael Smith of Ann Arbor who created the original Circuits and Solar curriculum. We also need to thank you for your contribution to this project! Without you and our local collaborative partners, our Mayan Power and Light fproject would not be possible. Mayan Power and Light is successful beyond our original goals. We started this program with the intention of providing the Circuits and Solar workshop to a total of 4 women mentors and 24 Mayan Girls. We are now on track to teach 12 mentors and 45 Mayan girls this year. (We also have a waiting list of over 100 for next year) In order to continue our success we need to find more funding so each girl can get a "Kit Solar" ($100 ea.) and have the experience of installing solar power on a home that lacks electricity. We also need to pay for more teachers and additional transportation, books and materials. Please consider a donation to this program through Global Giving: http://bit.ly/MayanPowerandLight Thank you,
John S. Barrie
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