August 26, 2008
I volunteered in blueEnergy for five months from December 07 to May 08.
As soon as I discovered blueEnergy in 2006 I have been fascinated by this NGO, who fully integrates solutions for development in one of the poorest region of the world. Indeed blueEnergy not only provides cheap energy using renewable energy systems in remote communities of Nicaragua, but also creates local employment for building these systems. Moreover, blueEnergy spread skills, training both its own workers and community operators for running energy systems. Environment, better life conditions, education and employment are linked together.
My role was to start blueEnergy's studies about water. Water is an important issue on the east coast of Nicaragua, where basically no one has access to a drink water delivery network. After many meetings with specialized NGOs and studies of different appropriate water technologies, blueEnergy started the production of the Biosand Filter, a point-of-use device that can significantly reduce the contamination level of water. Volunteers and employees of blueEnergy have been specifically trained by CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies). Back in France, I keep working on the water topic : new volunteers run the filters production in Nicaragua, and I try to find funds to support the water project. Our goal for the next months is to have new training session for being able to produce more efficient filters and test them. Then the filters will be installed at blueEnergy's workers to see if they really fit the needs of the population. Finally, a pilot project will be to implement the filters in a remote community, after having trained this community to water and hygiene issues.
blueEnergy has such a good intern organisation that it is easily possible to keep working for projects from France. I find it very exceiting to be able to work for development from France in my daily life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
every community I have been : for example, in a place called Kahkabila people are able to charge their cell phones and communicate more easily with their families in town.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
discovering the communities of the East Coast of Nicaragua. These places are beautiful; I like the fact it is possible to improve people's life and respect the local environment as a whole.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
totally help communities developing, because it would be able to provide more services : energy, communication, refrigeration, micro-enterprise, education, water, eco-tourism...
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I started developping a new activity in blueEnergy about water purfication.