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Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun

by Eposak Foundation, INC.
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun
Lights On! Empower Kamarata with the Sun

Summary

In Eposak, we transform lives through sustainable tourism in unique, remote and underdeveloped tourism destinations in Venezuela. Lights On! is a project designed to provide solar power to the indigenous community of Kamarata (near Angel Falls - the highest waterfall in the world), in order to help them to be better prepared for tourism activities. Let's start with the schools and the rural hospital!

$25,000
total goal
$18,491
remaining
92
donors
0
monthly donors
9
months

Challenge

LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS OFF: 200 families were blessed with the power of hydroelectric energy (built in1960s), but now this energy is insufficient and unreliable. The community had to turn to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and those who could not afford it were left without options. In the schools, students are not able to use the computers they have. The rural hospital suffers of many days without power, risking lives and medicines. Families risk losing their scarce food supplies.

Solution

Creation of a community- owned microgrid that with solar panels and batteries, enables Kamarata to access electricity, and all the benefits that come with it. The project is designed to attend the 200 families that live in Kamarata (including the Elementary School, the High School, and the Rural Hospital), with the deployment scheduled throughout 3 phases. With this PILOT, we will train the community with a smaller system, and in parallel we'll seek out the resources for the overall project.

Long-Term Impact

Empower the next generation! - Access to technology and communication through the use of computers, radio, television, cellphones, and others. - Use of time for more productive, educational, or recreational activities. - Health improvement through better equipped, and more reliable ambulatory services. - Nutrition benefits for the possibility of storing perishable food in freezers. While reducing the environmental impact on such a special place with a long-term sustainable solution.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​eposak.org/​
Eposak's Education Pitch
OTEPI (project's ally)
E'Kabel (project's ally)
http:/​/​INSERVEN (project's ally)

Organization Information

Eposak Foundation, INC.

Location: Key Biscayne, FL - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @eposak
Project Leader:
Lucia Coll
Key Biscayne, FL United States
$6,509 raised of $25,000 goal
 
108 donations
$18,491 to go
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