July 11-18, 2020: Installation of Solar Home Systems in Santa Catarina, Baja California, Mexico

Travel with GRID in July 2020 to bring clean, reliable electricity to 10 off-grid homes in the Pai Pai community of Santa Catarina in Baja California, Mexico!

A mother and son stand in front of their house in Santa Catarina.
The Pai Pai are an indigenous group in Baja California, traditionally a hunter-gatherer society known for their pottery, basket weaving and knowledge of medicinal plants. Today they are concentrated primarily at the multi-ethnic community of Santa Catarina in Baja California's Sierra de Juárez mountain range. The modern Pai Pai people have maintained their traditional knowledge though now they make a living raising livestock, working on ranches or selling crafts. Some of the families in Santa Catarina have access to electricity through the national grid but others are not hooked up. Families without electricity don't have lighting and are unable to use even basic appliances.

A Pai Pai woman stands in her kitchen
With the installation of 10 solar home systems, families will now have access to clean, reliable electricity in their homes. This will provide them with lighting for reading and studying at night, and the ability to charge cell phones and use kitchen appliances. Families will have better access to news, communication, entertainment, and income-generating opportunities. 

Landscape with horses in Baja California
During the week-long trip to Mexico, participants will be immersed in the rural Santa Catarina community, staying in the community and working alongside GRID staff and partners to assemble and install the solar systems from start-to-finish. Participants will learn about the community and the Pai Pai culture, and interact personally with families and community members. Before and after the project, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the Baja California region of Mexico, known for its diverse ecosystems and excellent vineyards. 

GRID participants on a roof at an installation in Mexico
Are you interested in joining GRID in Mexico for a hands-on experience installing solar in the homes of Pai Pai families? Let us know you're interested and we will schedule a time to chat over the phone. You'll be able to officially reserve your spot on the trip with a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Trip Dates: July 11-18, 2020

Location: Santa Catarina, Baja California, Mexico

Trip Cost: $1,800

The $1,800 trip fee covers all lodging, meals, transportation, and activities during your stay in Mexico. This contribution also makes the project itself possible! The fee does not include airfare to and from Mexico or short-term international travel health insurance. You can fundraise for the trip from your personal networks or pay out of pocket. Have a question about participating? Check out our FAQs to get more information. 

There are only 10 spots available for this trip so sign up now!

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