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”
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.