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Major hurricanes and storms have been forecasted to continue rising in the Atlantic. With island economies dependent on agriculture and tourism, stronger storms have the potential to devastate entire economies in one full-swoop. This goal of this project is to build resilient communities in island states, through the fostering of local projects dedicated to issues of food, energy and water security. The islands would also benefit from localized project activities that generate innovation/entrepreneurship/employment, and a strengthened cultural identity.
Our first project lies within the rural community of Soufriere, on the island of St. Lucia, with a women-led agro-food enterprise. Unfortunately, without entrepreneurial skills, nor managerial guidance, these women take home just over USD$100 per month each. They are failing to achieve economies of scale, and failing to find methods to improve efficiencies within their production line.
Led by Dr. Buyung Aqusdinata
This project is a collaboration between GlobalResolve and Amor to develop a community engagement center in Puerto Penasco, Mexico (Rocky Point). This project provides an opportunity for students to work alongside local community members on several development projects. In 2015, the city of Puerto Penasco donated a seven-acre parcel to Amor for permanent development to build alongside the community. In recent years, a shower/oasis facility, caretaker housing, an off grid power system and a La Cocina has been designed, resourced and built with the help of GlobalResolve. GlobalResolve students gain valuable, practical real-life experience through cultural, collaborative and technical interaction at the project site. Future projects include medical assistance outreach, water bore hole and vertical gardening as well as a facility for training and community interaction.
Led by Dr. Mark Henderson and Miles Miller
SolarSPELL is a Solar Powered Educational Learning Library: a ruggedized, portable solar-powered digital library over an off-line WiFi hotspot, designed to simulate an online experience. Making use of open educational resources and ever-smaller and more efficient technology, SolarSPELL provides an all-in-one, self-powered plug-and-play kit, ready to be deployed with minimal training or maintenance required for start-up and continued operation. The goal is to provide relevant, localized educational content to resource-constrained locations around the world. The team includes university students, librarians, faculty and staff and involves partnering with locally-based development-minded organizations. The SolarSPELL team provides local training, in a train-the-trainers model, as well as support, post-implementation. The team also carries out evaluation and research to know whether our library is having a positive impact. SolarSPELL is an initiative led by Dr. Laura Hosman and housed in the GlobalResolve Program at Barrett, The Honors College-Arizona State University.