Solar Powered School House for Refugees


I am planning on going to the Middle East later this year to help refugee relief efforts. It is time to get into the front lines of aid work and work for a better world. People like Odessa Primus inspires me with her work. The year with the International Rescue Committee gave me a window into the souls of adults and children touched by war and it is time to move forward to more bold efforts. I see bringing solar heaters to refugee camps as a very good way to save on heating oil costs for the next winter. I want to find a way to power a small smartphone with the solar heater and give the people who get these devices a way to access educational resources like Khan Academy.  Please support her work on GoFundMe here.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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