As posted on Facebook, a new initiative in 2021 is our funding of a field test of 10 Deciwatt NowLight kits through the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation. (This funding was provided at the request of Viaduct Technology In Education Society (TIES); read more at TIES.charity.)
SHARE is a big supporter of the Ak’ Tenamit school (https://thegtfund.org/) in Sarstun, Guatemala. When they informed us about Guatemala’s return to school program post-COVID they told us that schools were limited to 50% capacity and that they would be assisting with remote learning. However:
To assist with the learning, SHARE will pay for 10 tablets so learning can continue. Students do not have electricity so they will walk a couple of hours to recharge the tablets.
Since the off grid, human powered NowLight includes a USB charging port in addition to the LED light we thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to test them out in a real world situation. The kits will be picked up in Guatemala City, go by road for 5 hours, then by boat to the Ak’ Tenamit campus. From there, SHARE’s partner in Guatemala, APROSARSTUN, will walk them into the jungle for the students and families to use.