Another important element of our organization are the members of the U.S. community, who offer specific talents, knowledge, and experience to benefit the San Ramón community. We help these partners connect with members of the San Ramón community who have a need for the specialized help that they offer. Some partners that we are working with this year are:
South Granville Rotary Club
In March 2015, the South Granville Rotary Club, in conjunction with SCSRN, completely re-wired San Ramón High School, which receives approximately 1,500 students every week and is the largest high school in the municipality of San Ramón. Before this project was completed, the electrical system was in very poor and dangerous condition, but the job of installing a completely new system was beyond the skill and financial capability of the Ministry of Education and SCSRN. The South Granville Rotary Club offered their expertise in electrical work and fundraising, and together we were able to install a new, safe, and much more functional electrical system. (For more on this project, click here: “San Ramón High School Gets Wired.”)
This year we are teaming up with South Granville Rotary Club once again. This year, we’re working together in the rural community of Hilapo #1, on four projects: 1) Build a pre-school classroom, 2) build a school kitchen, 3) wire the school for electricity, and 4) bring water to the school and surrounding homes. This is a huge endeavor that wouldn’t be possible without the support of these dynamite Rotarians. The people of Hilapo #1 are very grateful for this project, and have put in their contribution by providing the unskilled labor for the construction.
United Solar Initiative
Our relationship with USI began in 2013, when we collaborated with them to install solar panels in the School of Art and the San Ramón Community Center. These projects were so successful that we decided to continue our collaboration, and since then we have installed five more solar panel systems in five rural schools: Mina Verde #2, San Antonio de Upa, San Jose, Verapaz, and Santa Ana. These communities, which do not have electricity, now have lights at night for adult education classes and community meetings. They also have a source of income for the school through the charging of cell phones. The Parent Teacher Association administers these funds to maintain the solar panels and meet the needs of the school.
Here is an amazing video from the Santa Ana installation. Students from Appalachian State took time on their cultural immersion ecotour to collaborate with the installation of this system.
We hope to continue our collaboration with USI for years to come. To learn more about the work that USI does, you can visit their website by clicking here.