Las Pintas Solar Experience
Welcome to Dalton Funk's Personal Fundraising Page!
The future is bright and full of those who care. We all have the power to provide hope and give joy to others as long as we pay attention.
I've been very fortunate up to this point in my life with respect to the family, friends, and acquaintances I know, the education I've received, the possessions that sustain me, and the opportunities I've had (including this one). I'm grateful for all of the above plus plenty more. However, it's unthinkable to even consider how many don't have access to some or most of those things across the globe. Now I'm not going to start up a guilt-inducing, people-reducing monologue on poverty because, to be completely honest, there are a lot of attributes we have gotten into the nasty habit of overlooking when considering this topic. Everyone is inherently resourceful to an extent and there are a ton of the materially poor that inspire absolute awe through their strength, but we just don't hear stories about them and sometimes due to the circumstances of the situation they encounter need a little bit of help/knowledge to get back ahead. I have a feeling this will become more clear to me over the summer once we're off to Mexico, and if it does, I hope to be able to talk about it with anyone who's interested.
The reason I bring this up is because I traveled to Honduras for a similar service trip three summers ago and thought extremely different things during that time. I didn't exactly have what's known colloquially as the white savior complex, though looking back sure did bring me to grips with why exactly I participated. Of course, it certainly was a life-changing experience, but much more has changed since then and I've grown in my understanding of the way assistance is provided to the less fortunate. A book I've read that really shaped my perspective on this is titled When Helpinng Hurts, and I'd strongly encourage picking it up. The sentences that follow include some of the lessons learned. Development is not done to people or for people but with people. The key dynamic is promoting an empowering process and moreover, the entire goal of development is for locals to take charge of their individual lives and communities. I'd love to make service in this way an integral part of my life moving forward. Unfortunately, good intentions aren't enough - I want to have an impact in making the world a better place, but I'll have to take it one step further and actually do something if I ever aspire to live that out. This is a fantastic chance to do so on a project team with a great mission, and I can't wait to make a difference in whatever way possible.
Feel free to stay in touch, follow along with our group's experience, and join me personally on this journey of expanding my worldview by offering any form of support you can. Thanks for taking a look and learning more about Las Pintas!
Wow!.... We reached our goal in less than a week... Many thanks to all our "early adopters". For the rest of April we'll continue to take donations... Every $160 we raise will pay for materials for another solar hot water system for the JCCC students to build and install...
This will be the fourth year of the Las Pintas Solar Experience, which started in 2013. The goal is to create a pay-it-forward effect. We teach ten to fifteen families each year to build and install the heaters so that they may teach other families to do the same.
Since the program began, around 135 solar water heaters have been installed, with only 40 of them done by JCCC students!
Our students and the community members gain hands-on experience with a sustainable energy resource, solar, and benefit from sharing our cultures. Some of our students will enhance their Spanish skills and tutor children in the community, while others are first introduced to the language. They will learn to use hand and simple power tools.
Others, especially the community members, learn a skill and process they can share, while at the same time gaining daily access to hot water. FOR FREE! Folks are able to better clean and sanitize food, clothes, and dishes, because warm water cleans better than cooler water.
Conservatively, throughout the course of the project, it has netted over $20,000 worth of energy to produce hot water, and it just gets bigger each year.
The average worker in the community will earn $50 a week; each water heater installed could save over two weeks of wages a year.
Money that we raise will help pay for:
- Transportation from the college to the airport*
- Flight expenses to and from Las Pintas*
- In-country travel
- Baggage fees for solar collectors and tools
- School supplies for tutored kids- $5 per tutee (we tutor 50 kids)
- Materials for the heater construction:
- Photovoltaic panels- $40 per solar module
- Pumps- $70 per pump
- Pipes, sealant, barrels, fixings, paint, ect...- $50 per unit
- Tools- $400 total
*Most of these starred items are already covered by other donors and the students themselves
Help us aid the Las Pintas community (and JCCC students who attend) develop and use their own sustainable resources. The steps to a sustainable future have to be built and maintained from footings and foundations on every corner of every culture. Our project demonstrates how a little spark can set a solar fire to warm a whole community. ¡ Muchas Gracias!
I wanted to thank you again for your generosity. We not only reached our goal in record time this year, but surpassed it. This additional money will be used for next year’s project.
Without your help, none of this would be possible. You are not only helping our friends in Mexico, but also our students here at JCCC who are involved in this endeavor. Their lives will be enriched thanks to you.
We are thrilled that our goal
was reached so quickly.
The campaign will end at the
end of April. Any further donations
will be used to purchase additional solar hot water systems for Las Pintas.
Your prompt responses and your generosity has us stunned, and we sincerely thank you for that.
Very well done, everyone! Great Job! We have already reached 90% of our goal. And we still have 20 days to go! We are ecstatic about this.
Please continue to advertise this worthy cause to your friends and family. Word of mouth is effective and so is social media.
We are very grateful for all funds we have received.
Thank you so much for your contributions and efforts.
"Service for one another, service for mankind."
Lailah Gifty Akita
In only three days we have gathered over $1300, thanks to your generosity.
The e-mails I have received show how enthusiastic people are to be part of such a fantastic project.
Here are some of their comments:
"I enjoyed looking at the Las Pintas page and was happy to contribute a little to a very worthy cause. It made me want to go!"
"I made a donation. This is a great way to support students going on the trip."
Please advertise our fundraising campaign any way you can: Use social media. Talk to your friends, your family, and your colleagues.
Keep up the good work. I will keep you updated on our progress.
Tobin and Nora Boyt
Jon and Deena Rancier
E. Jane Gonzalez
Marty and Mary Arling
Doc and Tina Shelton
Angie & Leob Garrett
Marcel Des Marteau
22 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "Las Pintas Solar Experience".
Make an Impact
Your support provides a glowing boost for our project and will fund all the pipe fittings for one of our solar water heating units.
Your contribution sure begins to warm our hearts. This contribution will pay for the pipe used in the installation of a solar water heater.
You know that bright, shiny feeling you get about mid morning? That's what we're feeling about this level....This contribution will buy the solar module and wiring for a solar water heating unit! Now, that's hot!
Straight Up Noon
The sun is at it's brightest at noon and this contribution will supply the barrels, insulation, and other materials for the hot water storage for the solar water heater unit... and keep it warm all night when "the sun don't shine".
Wow! This is a very gracious gift! It is the afternoon when the tank gets full to brimming with hot water. This contribution pays for a solar PV module, thermal module, and DC pump for a solar water heating unit.
As the sun sets the tank is full and all that stored energy can be used all night long. This level of contribution truly has impact. It will pay for a complete system and provide resources for us to bring the tools we need to install the units we will build there in Las Pintas. Thanks so much!