Lybrook Community Ministries – Cuba, NM
The Solar outreach project is designed to bring solar power to the people in the Lybrook and Counselor communities. There are several elderly and single parent families that are living without any form of electricity. Some of these people do not have the means to get electricity or have been told that there isn’t any money in the budget to get electricity to them. The initial phase is to bring solar powered refrigeration to 10 homes. The second phase is to put complete solar on 3 homes by December 2019.
LCM is working with Gallup Solar, Global Food Initiative and NMIPL to find ways to bring low cost refrigeration to the community. There are community members that have medications that require refrigeration. We are looking to initially install small solar powered refrigerators, with the intention of continuing exploring solar on a larger scale. We are also using community members as volunteers to learn how to and install these solar units.
Gallup solar and NMIPL has provided one of the solar powered refrigeration systems that will be installed in a community members home. We are also adding a lighting system as well as 2 110 VAC plug ins. Global Food Initiative has granted an initial grant to purchase a unit to be installed as a training aid at Lybrook Community Ministries. We are planning to install 10 solar powered refrigeration systems by the end of 2019.
The solar outreach project is only one part of Lybrook Community Ministries vision of the community becoming self sustaining. We are working with community members through our gardening program which helps to establish small family gardens.