Illuminating a Panamanian Community - World Connect
Los Chorros is a rural community that does not yet have stable access to electricity. The community remains largely without any power due to its inaccessible, remote location. This project calls for the acquisition of solar panels to increase safety and local energy capacity in the settlement. This will enable individuals to carry out social, academic, and economic activities after nightfall, such as study and work.
Progress Update: 3/2/2017
All of the solar panels have been installed, bringing 24 hour electricity to many families in Los Chorros. A community clean-up campaign has fomented more interest in resource management solutions in the village as residents recognized they could address community problems themselves.
"With World Connect's help, I completed the most influential and rewarding project of my Peace Corps service. Through the project, I presented community members with information about environmental and social issues. In addition, I empowered them to purchase new solar panel kits for their homes. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to complete this project." - Nicholas, Peace Corps Volunteer
"The solar panel kit works great. I am thankful for the help my family received. In future projects, the community members should assume more responsibilities." - Francisco, Project Leader
"During the project, we learned a lot about environmental issues. They are important. We need to protect our resources." - Ariel, Project Participant
"The solar panel kit works well. Now, my kids and I have lights in our home." - Arcelia, Project Participant
Final Report: 8-2-18
21 households completed the requirements and received a solar panel kit. All the families installed the kits themselves or received help from one of the project’s other participants. After they installed the kits, I surveyed members of the participating families. All noted their contentment with their new solar panels and said the kits provided a reliable source of light. In addition, when prompted they regularly linked the solar panel kits to environmentalism, the main theme of the project.