Navajo Solar Light Project FAQs

When will the next installation project take place?

The next installation will take place June 19-23, 2019. Volunteers from around the country will gather on Wednesday afternoon. That evening there will be introductions, a brief orientation to the project and installation, and dinner. We will work Thursday, Friday and Saturday and depart on Sunday.

Where does this all take place?

We will gather at the Sanostee Chapter House, a part of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. That will be our central base. The work will be done throughout the Sanostee Chapter as well as other nearby Chapters as selected by tribal elders

What are the accommodations?

Accommodations are very rustic. We will be sheltered at the Chapter House in a common area. Meals will be provided there as well. There are toilet facilities and rudimentary showers

What do I need to bring?

The basic items you will require are: air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, work gloves, a hat and sturdy work/hiking shoes/boots.  A complete list of necessities will be provided each volunteer well ahead of time.

Who can work on the installations?

Anyone! 

How many can work?

There is no limit to the number of volunteers. There is plenty of work to be done.

How can I help?

You can help by volunteering at one of our twice-yearly installation projects. At the installations we need people to do the installation, work support to those installing the kits, act as messengers between team members, an to explain the kits to the residents as they are installed. There are many things that need to be done that do not require great physical exertion.

 If you cannot join us you can help with our fundraising committee, help coordinate volunteers who are going, donate or spread the word.

Why should I participate?

Besides offering service, it is a terrific opportunity to learn about a different culture right here in the US.  Everyone who has participated has felt that it is a life enhancing experience.

What does it cost to install a light kit?

There are three different kits, ranging from one light fixture to three and ranging in cost from about $150-$300 dollars each. There is also the cost of fittings and other items required to complete the installation.

If I want to join the effort, what should I do? How can I learn more?

Contact John Allman at NavajoSolar@StateOfJeffersonRotary.org

The Different Kits Available