blueEnergy

blueEnergy connects the underserved to clean water, energy, and other basic services to give people the opportunity to improve and form t... Read more

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blueEnergy connects the underserved to clean water, energy, and other basic services to give people the opportunity to improve and form the foundation of a healthy, productive life.

What is blueEnergy?

blueEnergy is a nonprofit organization that works for a more equitable and sustainable world by connecting the underserved to clean water, energy, and other basic services to give people the opportunity to improve and form the foundation of a healthy, productive life.

To this end, blueEnergy brings together diverse teams, technology and resources to create opportunities in some of the most challenging contexts.

blueEnergy’s direct service work is currently focused on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean Coast is by far the poorest region in the country. Roughly 75% of the population lacks access to electricity and life-sustaining clean water and sanitation.

blueEnergy’s approach in providing these essential services is to:

1) Use participatory methodologies to understand the needs, desires and capabilities of beneficiary communities.

2) Build partnerships between community, government, education, and public and private sector organizations to build local capacity.

3) Connect community members with energy, water and other fundamental services either through direct delivery or through 3rd party providers.

In the area of energy services, blueEnergy focuses on: solar lamps and domestic PV systems, cook stoves, and large solar systems for established partner organizations.

In the area of water services, blueEnergy focuses on: biosand water filters, wells, latrines, and water and sanitation sensitization training.

In addition to its own services, blueEnergy also acts as a facilitator for the delivery of 3rd party services, such as wind studies, telecommunications, micro-finance and waste management. In these cases, blueEnergy is a supporting agency and not the lead agency for the development of the services.

Why is Energy and Water Important?

Electricity and water are necessary, although not sufficient, requirements for modern economic and social development. Electricity opens the door to a host of technologies that promote education, public health, and economic development, such as emissions-free light, refrigeration, and communication devices. Without electricity, communities are unable to participate in the benefits of modern advances and are left isolated and literally in the dark.

All serious indicators of a community’s well-being, including food availability, public health, and economic progress, are impacted by a community’s access to clean water. Inadequate access to clean water sickens thousands of children and adults every day and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more. Access to clean water provides a sustainable source of drinking water for many communities, reducing the number of sick and increasing the level of economic opportunity coupled with improved health.

What has blueEnergy accomplished?

blueEnergy is working in over 15 communities providing fundamental services to over 4,000 people on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua where it continues to hone its model so that it can be taken abroad to other regions of the world.

Today blueEnergy is a multinational nonprofit organization with offices in Paris, San Francisco, Managua (Nicaragua) and Bluefields (Nicaragua).

How can I help blueEnergy?

To help blueEnergy bring light to those living in darkness, you can:

1. Make a financial contribution, through this site or by visiting:
www.blueenergygroup.org/GetInvolved/Donate

2. Subscribe to blueEnergy's email newsletter to stay informed of our projects and events:
www.blueenergygroup.net/lists/

3. Volunteer for us! We have volunteer opportunities around the globe. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.

4. Invite your friends and family to this Facebook cause!

5. Visit www.blueenergygroup.org to learn more!