Rio Tapajós (Brazil) Telecenter Installation Project

The basic ICT and power infrastructure for the communities of Suruacá and Maguary is now operational. We are currently helping the communities to use the technology to build their skills and to access other resources so they can become more independent. An important element of this effort is promoting the experiences the two communities share with each other, as well as another community called Xixuaú, which is located 500 kilometers north of Manaus in the Xixuaú-Xipariná Ecological Reserve. For more information about this community, please visit http://www.amazoniabr.org.

Final Report Rio Tapajós Projects
Date: 18 July 2004

Background/Summary

This is the final report as required under the contract between Greenstar Corporation (www.greenstar.org) and Sandia National Labs (www.re.sandia.gov) for funding the Rio Tapajós Project. Although this is the final report for the purposes of the contract with the funding agency, the implementation of the project is scheduled to last until December 2005. Greenstar Corporation, Acumen International, and Projeto Saude e Alegria ("PSA") are committed to continue monitoring and reporting on the project, however this is out of scope of the USAID contract.

This project has delivered key information and communication technologies (ICT) that two isolated fluvial communities along the Rio Tapajós will use to help achieve their social and economic development objectives. The field work included the construction of new telecenters and the installation of photovoltaic systems, personal computers, and internet access in the communities of both Suruacá and Maguary. The project also included extensive technical, organizational, and inter-disciplinary capacity development within the communities to utilize the technologies and manage the systems over the lifetime of the equipment.

The approach and the concepts applied in the projects were the result of an on-site evaluation conducted by Greenstar in July 2001, contacts between Greenstar and USAID/Brazil with the support of USAID's Global Bureau Office of Environment and Technology (USAID/G/ENV/EET) (www.usaid.gov) in Washington, D.C., and an in-depth planning visit to all sites by Greenstar, through its subcontractor, Acumen International (www.acumenintl.org) in January and February 2003. Acumen International also paid two additional visits to the region in October 2003 and June 2004 to assist with project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. The core concept integrated into each project opportunity is based on the field-proven Greenstar model, which delivers a solar-powered community center that can rapidly and economically deliver electricity, computer technology, education, and basic health care services along with comprehensive software resources in local languages to remote locations anywhere in the world.

Each community-based field installation includes a link to the internet, which also offers an opportunity to access markets for local products, including native music, art, and photography as well as physical products manufactured by the local population. We also seek to make a lasting, constructive impact on local social, educational, health, and economic activity by integrating the technology with a combination of existing and new development initiatives. The grassroots partner for these projects, PSA, will maintain a continuing presence in each community, and will gather evidence of impact.

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Final Report Rio Tapajós Projects (212KB)

Files and Documents About the Tapajós Project

Brazilian Villages Go Online With Solar Power (Frontlines, February 2004) (496KB)
USAID Fact Sheet About the Tapajós Project (English) (353KB)
USAID Fact Sheet About the Tapajós Project (Portuguese) (383KB)
Suruacá Inaugura Primeiro Telecentro Comunitário da Resex (Jovem da Floresta, November-December 2003) (Portuguese) (350KB)
Final Report Rio Tapajós Projects (212KB)


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