Mayan Power and Light
Guatemala is the third poorest country in the western hemisphere. Malnutrition is endemic with 1 of every 2 children chronically malnourished. Lack of education, particularly for girls, coupled with high fertility rates keep women and families trapped in poverty.
There is a proven way to break the cycle of poverty - by providing girls with education and opportunity. Women’s education leads to higher incomes and smaller, healthier families.
Women’s technical education through ATC’s Circuits and Solar workshops will provide young Guatemalan women an understanding of the technology that fuels the 21st century while at the same time teaching critical technical skills needed to become solar technicians. To support our young students ATC’s Circuits and Solar workshops will be conducted by women who are trained in the curriculum, and who mentor rather than instruct students during the course of the workshop.
There are 1.4 billion people worldwide living without access to electricity. Most of these people rely on expensive and polluting kerosene lamps and candles to see at night. The World Health Organization has determined that individuals breathing kerosene fumes and soot inhale the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. In Guatemala solar power is a low cost replacement for kerosene lamps. Small scale solar home energy systems are less expensive and less polluting than kerosene lamps and they provide much better light. Solar power is an opportunity to make a living in sustainable, clean technology.
$5.00 purchases the text book for "Circuits and Solar" or it purchases two LED lights. $5.00 can also purchase transportation to the wood shop and a healthy meal. $5.00 pays for half of a 10 watt solar panel or the voltage controller that keeps the solar panel from over charging the battery.
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