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Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
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The holiday season is upon us, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.

Mayan Power and Light brings solar power and clean water to rural Guatemalan families and communities.  Our MPL families save between $1.20 and $5.50 per week, money they once spent on candles and kerosene for lamps. 

With bright lights and clean water:

  • Families save money
  • Babies grow up healthy
  • CO2 emissions are eliminated.  

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving GlobalGiving will provide matching funds from their $1.2 million dollar fund.  But donations need to be made on Tuesday November 29th to get the matching funds.

We'll be in touch to remind you.  

Many thanks from all of us at The Appropriate Technology Collaborative.

 

-John Barrie

Executive Director

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Community Solar Install
Community Solar Install

Eleven years ago we started Mayan Power and Light (Poder y Luz Maya) as a small project to teach Mayan women about electricity, circuits and solar power.  We also taught business classes so women could start their own small scale solar power businesses. One part of the program was to install solar power on unelectrified schools and community centers to provide hands-on experience for students, MPL staff and communities.  MPL was popular and over time it evolved. MPL now teaches several classes in sustainability, appropriate technology and sustainable business development, and they install solar power and water filters on rural schools.

Mayan Power and Light is now a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).  They have grown from 4 people to 9 people and they are teaching more classes, creating more solar schools, providing communities water filters and constantly evaluating their work and improving their offerings.  

I interviewed MPL a few weeks ago at their offices in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  It was wonderful to see the offices full of staff and volunteers.  (all were masked!)  We discussed their ever increasing number of students and solar installations and their growing influence creating a sustainable future in the Western highlands of Guatemala.  I got to attend a graduation ceremony for one of their classes  which was full of student and teacher pride.  

I asked the MPL team about their vision for the future and where they believe they have their biggest impact. Their response "we would like to do more solar schools.  You can see the impact a solar school has on a community in just 6 months".  Solar schools create a bright place where communities can gather to organize and help each other out.  Students who have to work the fields during the day can take classes at night.  They get more years of education.  In some of our solar school communities just having lights and some donated laptops has helped them graduate their first high school classes.  

Every extra year of school closely correlates to higher lifetime income. 

Your donations make a difference.  MPL solar schools lift communities out of poverty.  We couldn't do this without you.  

Please help us install solar on rural schools in Guatemala:  https://bit.ly/Donate_MPL

 

Note:  In 2023 we will start to have regularly scheduled volunteer trips to Guatemala again.  Every trip and every project is different.  If you are interested please contact info@apptechdesign.org for more information.  

Hands-On Community Solar Class
Hands-On Community Solar Class
First Computer Class
First Computer Class
First Public Electric Light
First Public Electric Light

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Students With Diplomas

We installed solar power and created yet another solar computer lab in the very remote school in La Unilla, Guatemala.  This is another of our "past the last mile" solar school installations.  This time we stretched the solar power to reach three buildings. Now in this very dark village there are bright lights that provide comfort and a community space where local people can meet and organize.  

La Unilla is a cardamom growing region in Guatemala.  The local farmers and laborers grow the aromatic seed pods and for three months out of the year they dry and sell the pods.  For the rest of the year they take what work they can to keep body and soul together.  We are so proud to work with the La Unilla solar committee to create new opportunity for their students to learn computer skills.  

This year, in addition to creating solar schools MPL will be teaching classes focused on sustainability and business skills.  

Our classes are recognized by regional government agencies.  MPL can now provide certificates to our graduates.  

For example here is a description of our "Appropriate Technologies for Entrepreneurship" class.  Students who complete the class receive a Diploma that is recognized by the Directorate of Education of the Municipality of Quetzaltenango.

Project Description: 

Generations of change is a project that is aimed at students of the basic and secondary level, it is developed through the "Appropriate Technologies for Entrepreneurship" diploma, to teach the following topics: 1 Importance of environmental education, 2. Appropriate technologies for development, 3. Sustainable economic and social development through the use of appropriate technologies.   The class lasts three months.  It is divided into different theoretical and practical sessions, the diploma course is endorsed by the departmental Directorate of Education of the Municipality of Quetzaltenango.

The project aims to raise awareness among adolescents and young people about the impact of environmental pollution and identify what are the types of clean technologies and how to use them at home as an alternative environmental solution, and a way to identify and start an enterprise to generate some kind of extra income in the family, benefiting 150 - 180 students from the establishments of the Choquí canton, San José Chiquilajá and the Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán Institute, and potentially CEIPA School, Quetzaltenango. The training contributes to the knowledge of young people on how to take advantage of the resources they have within their reach and with this they acquire a commitment and responsibility for the care of the environment and the rational use of natural resources in a sustainable and sustainable manner.

Project Objectives:  Significantly strengthen educational programs to inspire social change towards the environment, improving the quality of life of new generations through educational programs aligned with the CNB.

Expected Impact: 150-180 basic level students (ages 12-17) understand ecological solutions through the use of appropriate or alternative technologies and how these technologies can be a means of personal, family or community economic development. 

We have become more integrated into the communities where we work while we expand our area of influence.  

These are exciting times for MPL as we:

  • Create computer labs where students can learn skills that they can apply from nearly anywhere on the planet
  • Teach the next generation about environmental issues 
  • Create environmental solutions that help kids get jobs in environmentally responsible businesses

There is a lot happening this year and I look forward to keeping everyone up to date on our progress.

Cheers,

John Barrie

Executive Director

La Unilla At Night
La Unilla At Night
Installing Solar In The Rain
Installing Solar In The Rain

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First Solar Home System Installation
First Solar Home System Installation

I had a feeling '21 was going to be a good year - and it has.  In fact, 2021 has been a great year for ATC and our Mayan Power and Light program. In spite of global challenges we expanded our online programs, reached people in extremely remote villages and we created programs that provide a path out of poverty for thousands of people.

I took time this year to visit many of our early Mayan Power and Light projects to see first-hand the long term impact of our work.

In 2007 we were started field testing our MPL program. We installed our first locally manufactured solar LED light kits in several unelectrified homes, and while expected great things over time we discovered the impact of solar power was immediate. Families had more time for meaningful work, kids studied at night for the first time and families saved money they once spent on candles.

This year I found our impact is even greater than I first thought. For example I visited the Garcia family who save over $32 per month because they no longer purchase candles for their night time thread and yarn making business. The family is well on their way out of poverty with just one Mayan Power and Light solar power system. 

This year Mayan Power and Light completed two solar school projects in very remote parts of Guatemala. It took me 4 hours in a 4x4 truck on nearly impassible roads to meet up with our team.  

Our solar schools provide light for classes, community meetings and especially computer labs. I bring donated laptops for computer labs. Most of the schools we solarize are kindergarten to 7th grade. When we add computers the schools can provide evening high school classes for older kids who work day labor on local farms. We now have graduated our first classes of high school students.

Every year of education closely corresponds to an increase in income. Our computer labs give communities the tools they need to end poverty.

Please Help Us Make 2022 Our Best Year Yet

We simply can't do our important work without individual donations. Your end of year donation will help people out of poverty using smart sustainable technologies.  

-John Barrie

Founder

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Garcia Family Thread and Yarn Business
Garcia Family Thread and Yarn Business
Solar School Provides First Lights in Village
Solar School Provides First Lights in Village
MPL Solar Computer Lab
MPL Solar Computer Lab

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It is nearing the end of the year. Even in the difficult conditions of COVID, we’ve brought solar power and computer training opportunities to 243 students in 2 isolated rural schools beyond the last mile - San Rabinac and La Ceiba, two villages near Chicaman Quiché.

 

And now we’re gearing up to power up our third Solar Center at La Unilla school. La Unilla is an isolated community of 600 people who live 5 hours away from the electrical grid

and paved roads – requiring 4x4 vehicles to access. As cardamom producers and small-scale

farmers, they live in poverty, depending on day labor jobs at harvest times for seasonal

 

A generous donor contributed high-quality, second-hand computers to set up La Unilla’s computer lab run on solar power. Keep us in mind if you have out-of-date laptops; kids need them to learn to type!

 

Meanwhile, our educational curriculum has been approved by the Ministry of Education of Quetzaltenango. We’re teaching a daily course to 60 at-risk high school students about environmental protection, green technologies, and entrepreneurship. 

Thanks so much for your support! Without you, this could not have happened.

 

Thank you for supporting Mayan Power Light work with your generous regular donations. Your valuable gift is helping us provide long-term support to the inhabitants of Guatemala.

All of you help us keep Mayan Power and Light dreams alive. THANK YOU!

 

  • Michael
  • Jonathan
  • Kenneth
  • Janet
  • Timothy
  • David
  • Nadine
  • Emilia
  • Greg
  • Cassie
  • Potheri
  • Tom
  • Amanda
  • Lawrence
  • Anita
  • Milena
  • Sarah
  • David
  • Elizabeth
  • John
  • Larry
  • Karin

 

If you have any questions about your order or about our work, we would love to hear from you

https://www.poderyluzmaya.org/

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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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