FULTON, NY – Tom Decker is a student at the Syracuse Environmental Science and Forestry School and is working towards his Environmental Engineering degree.
Tom received a Paul Harris Award at a Rotary district conference for his work in the rural Andean mountains of Peru.
He spoke to the Fulton Rotarians about his project to electrify a small village of 30 homes in Peru.
The object of his project is to get the villagers electricity from solar panels and water power.
Tom and his fellow students at ESF have now electrified each household in this small village.
Each house now has its own 12-volt power source.
A villager has been trained to repair and replace the equipment as needed, thus the project is sustainable.
Each village does get money from the government to keep the project going.
Tom has been to the village three times.
He had to hike up the mountain from a small city.
It takes three and a half hours to get there.
He is also looking to expand his work to nearby villages and is working with Rotary International and local Rotary clubs for help in funding the project.
Don Mainville is a teacher from Fulton High School in the science field.
Rotarian Jerry Seguin introduced Decker.