When you participate in the a Green Speed Dating event, your $25 helps bring solar electricity to rural Nicaragua. All of the funds raised at Green Speed Dating events are donated to Power to the People (www.powertothepeople.org).
Thanks to several GSD events and other donations, Power to the People completed the El Pedregal The Solar School Project in March 2009 by installing a 1kW DC solar electric system on the roof of the public school in El Pedregal, San Lorenzo, Boaco, Nicaragua. El Pedregal is a small village located in an extremely rural area of central Nicaragua, approximately three hours walking distance from the nearest town of 6,000 people. The
community has one school with one teacher who teaches all of the children in the community at once in the same classroom. The town has no
electricity, no potable water, and most residents do not even have latrines.
The solar electric system is battery-based (eight 6V batteries) and includes an inverter that converts DC electricity into AC electricity so the school is able to have power outlets in the walls to power fans, computers, televisions, radios, or other appliances it obtains in the future. The solar system not only bring light to this small community, it gives the community members a place to hold community meetings , gives adults who are taking classes in other towns a place to study in the evening, and increases the
opportunity for more advanced teaching aids during the day. The
presence of electricity at the school may also encourage other teachers to teach in the town, since many teachers prefer to be placed in communities with more modern conveniences.
Nicaragua, located in Central America between Honduras and Costa Rica, is home to
approximately 6 million people. It is know for its production of bananas, coffee, and tobacco, for its tropical climate, its rich culture, and for its beautiful geography sprinkled with lakes and volcanoes. It also happens to be the poorest latin country in Central America with 48% of its people living below the poverty line. Like most developing countries, much of this poverty is located in the rural areas, where people live day-to-day hoping they make enough money to feed their families. More than half of Nicaraguans live without electricity so you can imagine the impact solar energy can make to a community located in such a remote area that it has no hope of ever being connected to the electric grid.
We are currently working on a new project to bring solar electricity to a health care center in rural Nicaragua. Green Speed Dating was created to help green people find each other, but also as a source of fundraising for the solar projects in Nicaragua. For more information about Power to the People, our projects, and how you can help, please visit www.powertothepeople.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest and support!
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