Sebastian Fakas – Centro de Recuperación Nutricional, Guatemala Solar Energy System
The Projects with Under-Served Communities (PUC) program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) allows students to apply their education towards the physical implementation of a project in a underserved community. For the past year our group has worked to implement a solar energy system to be installed at a children’s malnutrition clinic in San Agustín Acasaguastlán, El Progreso, Guatemala. The PUC Guatemala team consists of eight engineering and social work students who aim to provide a sustainable energy solution for a children’s malnutrition clinic in rural Guatemala, where poverty and chronic undernutrition continue to be a substantial social problem. By implementing this solution, we hope to allow the clinic to continue successful operation with a consistent and sustainable source of energy, and to eliminate the cost of electricity for the clinic so funds may be redirected to purchase medical equipment, food, and other basic necessities, such as diapers and bottles, which will contribute to the overall well-being of the patients.