Guatemalan Sustainable Farming Project
I have a very exciting opportunity to talk to you about. This summer, I will be spending six weeks in Antigua, Guatemala. I'll be doing this through a program called MÃ¡ximo Nivel that combines a Spanish immersion experience with various volunteering opportunities.
While talking with a MÃ¡ximo Nivel coordinator about possible volunteering options, I found out about a particularly ambitious volunteering project, affectionately titled "The Pig Poop Project." The project would partner MÃ¡ximo Nivel volunteers with local farmers in order to build infrastructure that could provide several sustainable benefits to the surrounding community. Putting the whole process in a nutshell, methane would first be collected from decomposing hog manure (provided by a local hog farm). The methane collected would serve as an energy source for stoves, lamps, water heaters, etc... The remaining excrement would then be mixed with water and used to grow large amounts of algae, which in turn would be fed to tilapia in a local fish farm. The excrement/water mix overflow would also be used to fertilize crops growing in the region. So, in summary, the project provides a renewable energy source, a means of waste disposal, more tilapia, and healthier crops for the community. It's a win-win-win-win situation.
The only issue with the project is that it can't be implemented without first accruing some capital for equipment and infrastructure expenses. There are plenty of farmers in Guatemala that would love to use such a system, and plenty of MÃ¡ximo Nivel volunteers that would love to help build it (myself included), but without a bit of capital, the project can't get off the ground.
That's where you come in. If 3,000 dollars can be raised before I head out on July 6th, MÃ¡ximo Nivel has told me we would have sufficient funds to take on the project this summer. Furthermore, as construction takes 6 to 8 weeks, I may even be able to personally see the project through from start to finish! Very exciting!
I would like to extend to you a warm invitation to become an essential part of this project, and to help improve lives in the Antigua community by donating to this cause. All donations would go 100% to the funding of this project (other than a small service fee for the hosting website). Furthermore, I've set this account up so that if I am unable to reach my goal of $3,000 by the time I head out, no one will be charged for their donation (i.e. you will only be charged once enough donation pledges have been made to ensure the project is undertaken).
Thank you for your time, consideration, and especially for your potential generosity.
Thank you so much to every one that contributed. I'm amazed at the generosity of the people around me.
I may make a blog about my experience in Guatemala, or I may just send sporadic update e-mails, but I will be sure to let you all know the outcome of your contributions, one way or another. Thanks again!
Thanks so much to everyone that has pledged thus far! It's looking like you're all probably going to be charged in a little bit.
If anyone else is still looking to donate, every little bit counts now. None of the money pledged thus far will be used unless the entire goal is made, so giving even a little bit now can make a huge impact on what happens in Guatemala.
To all the people who have helped get this charity fundraiser kick-started, thank you very much for your prompt support.