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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.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok this summer 2018, followed by more than 1,500 aftershocks. More than 500 deaths and hundreds more people injured and 430,000 people have been displaced from their homes as the result. About 95% of buildings have been destroyed in the north including educational facilities, leaving thousands of children with trauma and limited safe place for them to study. As a response to these earthquakes, the design project will focus on children education to build resilient and sustainable community. The goal is to build an after-school learning center for children to complement their education with Gumantar (North Lombok regency) as the village model. The design challenges include: developing innovative teaching materials and introduce it to the local impacted community in Gumantar and designing learning center facilities using earthquake resistant technology that uses local sustainable materials.
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.
GlobalResolve and ASU's Edson College conducted a preliminary health and safety/security assessment of Naco, Mexico, facilitated by the Naco Wellness Initiative (NWI), for the first GlobalResolve project focused solely on addressing community health issues. In collaboration with key Naco community leaders, including representatives of the municipal government, local health workers and teachers, the GlobalResolve/Edson team will help the community address issues related to diabetes, first aid/wound care and hand-washing/dental hygiene. The GlobalResolve team will also work with children and parents in the community on better understanding the benefits of healthy lifestyles and a community garden project.
Maasailand is one of the major worldwide destinations for wildlife game drives in Africa. However, the Maasai community has only recently been directly involved with this tourist industry through the Mara Guide Association (MGA), helping them grow their community by keeping money made in Maasailand, in Maasailand. Since their establishment in 2014, the MGA has grown to 205 Maasai guides with a fleet of 115 Toyota Land Cruisers. These vehicles are in constant need of repair due to the extreme road conditions they face every day. Unfortunately, the only source of automotive repair services available to the guides come from uncertified, non-Maasai mobile mechanics. These mechanics are known to provide poor parts and labor to customers and take advantage of the lack of automotive knowledge within the Maasai community, charging up to six times that of services in large cities like Nairobi and Mombasa. With help from the MGA, MERC, Prescott College, and Barrett, we hope to build the first Maasai automotive education center in Maasailand to provide Maasai guides and community members with the workforce development knowledge and resources they need to perform repairs and maintenance themselves and to be more mindful of repairs done by outside mechanics. The GlobalResolve team is currently working on microgrid design integration, taking the control system put together by the Spring 2019 team and integrating it into the facility design (locations of lights, outlets, switches, wire, battery storage, PV, generator(s), etc). We are also working on a business plan and garage organization. The education center will be non-profit, however, the auto shop will help bring money into the hands of community members and assist in supporting the facility.
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.