Why build a passive solar heating system onto a high Andes elementary school? Because an added 10° Centigrade can make the difference between life and death! BBC news report: “In July 2010, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency due to cold weather. Temperatures have dropped to as low as -24C (-11F)… hundreds of people—nearly half of them very young children—are reported as having died of cold-related diseases such as pneumonia, with poor rural populations living at more than 3,000m above sea level being the most affected”

Inside a home with the passive solar system.

Inside view of a home with this passive solar system, with the vents covered in summer time. In winter, the plastic covered addition acts as a green house, circulating warm air into the home through the top 3 holes, while cooler air exits through the bottom holes, to be re-heated in the “Trombe wall”… all “powered” by the energy of the sun, in spite of the freezing temperatures outside.

school children around a spigot Two girls Llamas Young boy young boy Young girl

Meal a Day partners with PUCP GRUPO, established to apply practical technologies to compelling problems among the rural poor in Peru. Their award-winning “Passive Solar Heating system” has changed the lives of many indigenous families in the high Andes regions of Peru.

Small stove

Burning scarce wood or animal feces are the only alternative heat source available

Home with "Trombe wall" added

Instructions on how to maintain their Trombe heating system, showing PUCP and Meal a Day sponsorship

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