Don't mess with mother nature (...sound of lightning)
Ngobi Off The Grid
By: OSA Informativo
6 Ng�bes families from Conte Burica
they already have their own solar panels
This week, the first delivery of a total of 106 devices that will bring light to families in this indigenous territory, in the south of the country, was made.
It is a project led by UNED in coordination with IMAS, an institution that made an investment of more than � 33 million.
For the installation, the families were advised by Luc�a Montezuma, one of the three solar engineers who in 2017 traveled to India to train in social panels.
"Having these solar panels will benefit families with adolescent boys, girls and students, given that sometimes it is difficult for them to comply with school obligations because they do not have electricity."
This was commented by the president of the Conte Burica Development Association, Roberto Guerra Tugri, when referring to the delivery and installation of the first 46 solar panels -of a total of 106- in the Alto R�o Claro and Progreso communities of this indigenous territory located at South of that country.
The process is expected to conclude in March with the delivery of another 60 solar panels in hard-to-reach communities such as Alto Carona, Campo Verde, Las Palmas, Alto Guaym� and Ca�a Blanca, where the displacement must be done by helicopter.
This energy generation project through solar panels in the indigenous territory of Conte Burica, is given thanks to the inter-institutional articulation between the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) and the State Distance University (UNED).
In this first phase of the acquisition of 106 solar panels - out of a goal of about 300 - the social investment by IMAS is � 33,178,000.
The UNED has led the process since 2017, when it managed the trip of three indigenous women to India, for the training and installation of solar panels.
They are Martina Caballero Caballero, Luc�a Montezuma Rodr�guez and Ovidia Caballero Carrera, who traveled to Barefoot College in Tilonia, India, for the training process that lasted six months.
Precisely, the week before, the families received a demonstration on the assembly of the solar panels by the solar engineer Luc�a Montezuma, in charge of supervision.
In addition, IMAS and UNED support this initiative by the Presidential House, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the Technological Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) and other organizations.
For a better quality of life. �The historical exclusion of our indigenous peoples is reduced when their needs guide the actions of the State. With these panels they are proof that the improvement in the quality of life can intertwine the construction of opportunities, the articulation with cultural relevance and environmental sustainability �, said the Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of IMAS, Juan Luis Berm�dez Madriz.
The rector of the UNED, Rodrigo Arias Camacho, stated: �With this project we demonstrate the value of our work as a university that effectively manages public resources to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the different populations of this country. , in this case, of our indigenous brothers and sisters �.
"Being the UNED the only public university present in this indigenous territory, we maintain our commitment to meet the needs, not only in higher education of native peoples, but also in training processes that promote social and economic development in these areas", added.
Arias expressed institutional gratitude to the actors involved in this process that brings light to Conte Burica. "We thank all the institutions and civil servants participating in this initiative, as we contribute enormously in the solution of one of the basic services necessary to carry out different tasks related to the home, study and family life", he concluded.