Kids in Chitas reading at night
As COVID19 cases continue to rise in Guatemala, keeping families healthy is more important than ever. Meanwhile, the environmental crisis remains and the world is adjusting to the new economic crisis.
This quarter, we provided a sense of security to 315 un-electrified children with a simple solar lamp: saving the family money on candles, and creating a safe, lit space so the family can read or weave. Each solar lamp abates 2.8 tons of carbon dioxide, collectively we’ve abated over 882 tons of C02 this year.
Since the national quarantine restricts travel across departments, we worked with our trusted community partners, school principals at two solar schools, to receive the solar lights by mail and distribute the solar lights to their students. We tracked the donation with school enrollment lists and photographs and when travel is approved, we’ll do a follow-up visit with the children and parent, engaging them with activities that raise environmental awareness.
This month, we are also partnering with two community partners to distribute water filters to 100 rural families who lack potable water. Our partners will undergo a social impact study of the water filters to provide an third party assessment of our work.
We’ve achieved these activities and much more with full social distancing and reduced contamination from transportation.
Girl at home with new solar light