The Navajo Solar Light project and our plans for a Spring, 2017 work party on the reservation.
Continuing our tradition of service to the people of the Navajo Nation, we will be participating in the Spring, 2017 installation of solar lights on the reservation. Our work will focus on the residents near Sanostee, New Mexico and we will enjoy the hospitality of the regional Navajo Chapter House.
Our project will begin on Friday, May 12th and continue on Saturday and Sunday of that week. This year we have a few ancillary projects in mind in addition to solar light installations. Last year, for example, some of our volunteers installed a very large vegetable garden near the chapter house as both a demonstration and inspiration for healthy food sourcing at the local level.
We will join with the Durango (CO) Daybreak Rotary Club once again and owe a tremendous debt to Joe Williams, a staunch Rotarian who grew up on the reservation. Joe works closely with the Chapter to select lighting recipients, coordinate our lodging and meals and ensure that all necessary supplies are available to the installation teams. As with last year's project, we will be able to sleep indoors at the gymnasium that is part of the Chapter House complex. With an inflatable mattress, a bag or blankets and a pillow you'll be dry and warm at night. We would estimate our individual costs for the two nights and three days duration at about $60 per person for food, lodging, and supplies.
Please drop me an email if you can join us this year or call me with any questions. Thanks again for your enthusiastic support of these under served Americans!