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Mayan Power and Light

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
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Fixing their school roof, ready for solar panels
Fixing their school roof, ready for solar panels

Ever wonder what happens in the background of a development project? 

Let me give you a sneek peek. 

Last month we met with the town's elected officials and the school commitee to plan the solar power project.

Today, they reported plans to elect a special Solar Commitee to be responsible for managing the solar equipment at the school, opening a special savings account at the bank, and electing a President, Secretary and Treasurer to manage maintenance funds.  The President is likely to be Claudio, the head teacher at the school, who is present with the system on a daily basis.

When the community returns from working at the coastal plantations in two weeks, they will have a series of meetings to create a viable plan. By the last week of 2017 they will be providing ATC with their community-approved maintenance plan to fundraise a minimum of Q2,000 per year in order to prepare for replacement parts and repurchasing batteries in 4-6 years time.  

We have 10 used laptops pledged for Tiritibol. We need 20 more laptops to equip 2 more schools in 2018. Want to donate your laptop too? Let us know you're sending one and we'll provide a tax-deductible reciept! 

Thank you SO MUCH for supporting Mayan Power and Light's solar schools and women's business training in 2017.  Stay tuned for an exciting 2018!

 

P.S. Special Shout-Out to our 13 monthly donors! Your consistent support has helped us make these journeys to the most isolated communities out there in el campo.

Join the team for 2018, Globalgiving is matching 100% of recurring donations this December. 

Lighting more schools in 2018!
Lighting more schools in 2018!

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Interviewing students about their computer classes
Interviewing students about their computer classes

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative and Sea Energía Solar had an adventure-and-a-half traveling in the back of pick-up trucks carrying cardamom, corn and chickens with a hike to the village of Tiritibol. They treated us to chicken soup and a warm night's stay in their (closed-down) clinic with a ride back up the hill to our meeting with Chitas school.

We had such a productive trip! Tiritibol has strong community leadership and will be drafting up a maintenance plan between their school committees and government representatives next month.

The next day we did a follow-up visit at Chitas' solar powered school and computer lab.  We confirmed that school kids are taking weekly typing lessons, but still have a lot to learn about computer terminology. The school committee bought a small printer for teachers to use in class and to lend out to the public, generating an income for their maintenance fund.

SEA checked up on the solar power system and gave recommendations. "The batteries are all full when school is not in session, for better health of the system, turn lights on and play the radio to make the village a little more fun." The consistent charging and discharging of solar batteries lengthens their lifespan.

The Chitas Solar School is such a success that the Tiritibol community next door is anxious to get electrified too.

Please help us fund Tiritibol's School Solar Project by making a donation today! 

SEA reviewing the solar power
SEA reviewing the solar power
Tiritibol Community
Tiritibol Community
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ATC Impact Highlights 2012 - 2017
ATC Impact Highlights 2012 - 2017

You have been an important source of support for Mayan Power and Light. We are a small, grassrooots organization, so donations from individuals like you covers up to 50% of our projects! We literately couldn't share the solar solution in Guatemala without you!

In 2018, we are all set up to train 40 rural women across Guatemala in microbusiness skills, personal empowerment, and solar power so they can spread the word about solar power to an additional 15,000 people in schools, community centers and municipal governments. These solar women help make clean energy available to all.

Next month we continue teaching 32 at-risk teenageers advanced solar tech training with an introduction to sales, so they can learn how to be solar installers or solar salespeople!  

2018 is our big opportunity amplify our work to create to 40 womens solar microbusinesses! We need $18,000 to make sure the program begins next year. Will you help us meet our mark?

Please help us this #GivingTuesday November 28th, 2017!  Consider making a monthly donation and please share our project with your friends! 

This #GivingTuesday, Globalgiving is offering a 100% match on all recurring donations under $200 (after the 3rd month of giving).

 

With much appreciation for you, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving too!

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Laptop Drive Flyer
Laptop Drive Flyer

It started out with solar power. 

Solar power for lights. For music in the classroom. For the teacher's laptop and projector. 

And life was changed. 

Then, as in all technological developments, the next new need appeared. 

If we have solar power, and we have access to internet through our cell phones, can we start a computer program?

Rural schools in non-electrified communities have few books, few desks, a teacher for a class of 35 or 40 children. The first school to install solar power and a laptop computer lab was in Chitas, Quiche.  Suddenly the isolated village of 300 subsistance farmers were sending their children to learn to type in computer class. 

The second school to ask about computers was in 2016, the same afternoon we finished installing solar power. This school is near a road, even has some electrical connections, but the elementary school has no computers, leaving their graduates at a major disadvantage when entering high school. 

A laptop drive is just the thing: a small donation of a basic laptop computer can teach up to 60 kids a year, giving them a chance to learn modern communication and information finding skills. 

ATC's First Used Laptop Drive ends November 30th, 2018.  

Please mail your used laptop to: The Appropriate Technology Collaborative

                                                     3765 Plaza Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Please include a return address, phone or email so we can thank you for your donation!

Contact us with any questions or concerns!

 

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Circuits & Solar Workshop
Circuits & Solar Workshop

You made this happen!

Solar Tech Training for 17 Girls and 21 Boys gives hands-on STEM education to set these kids up for jobs in the solar industry! 

CEIPA is a non-profit school for working children - children who have aged out of public school because they have to work to support themselves and their families.

With an all-girls Circuits & Solar class, we helped them overcome gender barriers to electrical skills. 

The highschool-aged girls installed 190 Watts Emergency Back-up Solar on CEIPA's administrative offices to increase effectiveness despite frequent black outs.

The boys's group installed 1100 Watts of Grid-tied Solar Power at the school's organic agriculture training site. The solar power will be used to run the water pump, reducing monthly electrical costs to almost zero!

Now we're preparing to teach these kids Advanced Solar Tech and Intro to Microbusiness, so they can earn a living with dignified work!

Can you help us pay our solar teachers?  

Please give this Thursday, October 5th for Globalgiving matching funds to keep this amazing program growing!

Panels ready for the roof!
Panels ready for the roof!
Grid-tied system with microinverters
Grid-tied system with microinverters
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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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John Barrie
Ann Arbor, MI United States
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