LIGHT UP THE WORLD
April Update
 

 

The first quarter of 2014 has been an exciting time at LUTW. We are busy planning more projects in the Andes in Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica. We've also been working on exciting programs to get more people like you out to the field to be part of our projects. Read below to learn more.   

 

LUTW is also happy to announce the arrival of  two new staff members in Peru: Najin Kim, LUTW's new Regional Office Manager and Ben Stehr, LUTW's new Technical Project Manager. While we are looking

forward to the new energy and insights they will bring to the team, we would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions that their predecessors have made to the organization. Ada Yee worked tirelessly to build LUTW's office in Peru from the ground up when she first arrived there in 2010 and has been instrumental in our success. Jacob Fountain added great insight into our technical processes and is now moving on to new challenges. We wish them both all the best in the future, they will be missed!      

 

Lastly, don't forget to save the date for our AGM and reception on June 12th. Learn more about our work, visit our silent auction and meet our staff and board members at our annual event at the beautiful Lougheed House. Hope to see you there! 

 

The LUTW Team 

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GET OUT TO THE FIELD 
Experience firsthand what our projects are all about! 

 

LUTW is excited to announce 3 ways you can get involved in our projects and learn more about off-grid solar and the challenges of energy access in our project areas:

Solar Project Volunteer in Peru - November 2014   
Be a solar volunteer in Peru and work alongside LUTW and local technicians installing solar home systems in a remote community in the Andes. Volunteers will be supporting the transition of off-grid families to  renewable energy in some of the most remote and underserved parts of Peru. Volunteers will learn about solar energy projects and receive basic solar training so no experience is necessary. This is a unique and rewarding experience  for anyone interested in sustainability, community development and getting their hands dirty in a traditional Andean community.   
Off-grid Solar Training in Peru - October 2014
You will learn the practical elements of designing and installing basic low-voltage solar photovoltaic systems by taking part in the off-grid solar PV training field course. The training program includes a mix of classroom training and practical hands-on exercises. Technical monitoring and evaluation visits to existing off-grid solar system installations are included soparticipants can gain deeper insight into technical challenges with off-grid system maintenance. The program culminates with an off-grid solar electric system installation completed by participants and local technicians in a rural community. The field course takes place in the Peruvian Andes.
Project Evaluation Volunteer - 
February 2015 in Costa Rica 
March 2015 in Peru 
You can help us evaluate one of our projects while learning about how solar projects are implemented. Volunteers will spend time in rural project locations having discussions with field partners, community technicians and solar home system owners. Based on these field visits volunteers will assess program strengths, identify possible gaps in the project and identify solutions that LUTW may be able to employ to improve our projects. This volunteer program also includes an education component, preparing volunteers through seminars on community development, project approaches, and sustainability. Participants can choose to take this field course in either the Peruvian Andes or the unique Talamanca region in Costa Rica.

Stay posted for more details on on website here or send inquiries to c.schultz@lutw.org.  
 

    

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UPCOMING PROJECT 

Light Up Predio Lachocc   

Light Up Parionaccocha  

LUTW will be back in Huancavelica this Spring for our 9th project in this part of the Andes. With rainy season coming to an end, plans are to bring solar power and electric light to 30 more homes! This project is fully funded, but many more families in the region can use our help!  
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3 EASY WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

LUTW is often approached by generous individuals who would like to help us achieve our mission so we've come up with three easy ways we could use your help:
Help keep the lights on - we rely on monthly supporters to fund ongoing training and support for local technicians.
Save yourself some money, support sustainable power, and by using our referral code, the monthly electrical fee will be donated to LUTW.
3. Spread the word
Please Tell your friends about us and share our posts with your social networks!
 
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EVENTS

  

Save the Date!

LUTW's Annual AGM and Reception 

June 12, 2014

5-9 pm  

 

Join us for the evening as we celebrate the year in review with refreshments, presentations and a silent auction at the historic Lougheed House.

 

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