Light Up The World (LUTW) has been busy planning for an eventful spring and summer of projects. Read below to hear about a recent project evaluation we completed in the Amazon and learn how you can join us in Peru this July for the field experience of a lifetime! We have nearly reached our fundraising target for the Education Centre project in Peru - read below about how you can donate to help us complete this project in May. Lastly, don't forget to save the date for our annual get together, our AGM and reception on June 6th at 5 pm at the Lougheed House - invites coming soon!
We're looking for Solar Volunteers to join us this July in Peru. Volunteers will work alongside LUTW staff and local technicians installing solar home systems in a remote community in the Andes. Training will be provided by LUTW staff, so no previous experience is necessary. Click here for details. Be sure to register early, there are only nine spots available.
The Education Centre was inaugurated in October 2011, but unfortunately it does not have a sufficient power supply for the facility to operate full-time. This means students in the area have been unable to fully take advantage of the resources at the centre. At least six people in the community will be trained on how to install and maintain the system, with a total 780 people living in the community benefiting from the project.
Now that the rains have subsided in the Andes, LUTW will be back in Pomacocha for Phase 3 of this project with local partner, Kuyacc Ayni. An additional 30 solar home systems and 6 members from the community will be trained as part of this project. With the completion of this project, more than 200 solar systems will be installed in off-grid homes in the Department of Apurimac! This project is fully funded, thank you!
Last year solar systems were installed in 3 health centres in the Amazon communities of Intuto, Piura and Libertad. These health centres collectively serve about 7,000 people.
LUTW's team in Peru visited these communities in March to evaluate the project and promote sustainability by facilitating additional technical workshops for technicians trained as part of the original project. The pharmacy Libertad now has a computer and multi-functional printer to help capture patient records and handle the administration of the medical post. The solar system is also helping medical staff to use tools to diagnose patients faster and more effectively than before.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
Thank you to LUTW volunteer Alyssa Cruickshank who generously fundraised for the Nueva York Renewable Energy Project with her "Spread the Love" campaign.
Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference by bringing light to families.
ELECTRIFY YOUR PENNIES
Turn your pennies into solar energy! Drop them off at the LUTW office: 224-13 Avenue SW
Earth Day 2013 Environmental Conference for Youth
April 20 - 21
As part of the 2013 Costa Rica Earth Day, students will be fundraising to help LUTW reach more people in Costa Rica.