A New Fellowship Fund and A Solar Update

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Alexander Ward Fellowship Awardees
Cornerstones Community Partnerships lost a very special friend and colleague, Alexandra Ward, after a brief illness in 2018. Over a 20-year period, Alexandra was an important and integral part of Cornerstones’ community. Her talent and dedication allowed her to assume a wide range of roles in the organization.  She championed our mission to preserve the unique heritage of New Mexico through its historic churches, buildings and communities. To honor her memory, we have established the Alexandra Ward Community Fellowship.
Cornerstones is pleased to announce that Angela Francis and Stephen Calles, pictured below, have been chosen as recipients.The fellowship supports the candidates to advance their skills in traditional building technologies, gain leadership experience, become involved in community and achieve personal professional goals. The fellows will take on projects that can fulfill these criteria and meet their individual benchmarks within a two-year period. The two candidates will serve under the mentorship of the Director and present their accomplishments when milestones have been achieved. Stephen is educated in and skilled in architectural design and woodworking. Angela has 8 years of experience learning the art of plastering using natural materials. She has also led various earthen construction projects. Both share a passion for the work and a desire to broaden their skills.  
The Solar Initiative
The Pueblo of Cochiti
The Solar Initiative, in partnership with New Energy Economy, has provided funding for a second project, the solarization of the Keres Children’s Learning Center of the Pueblo of Cochiti. Children of the Pueblo receive 50% of their instruction in their native language (Keres) and 50% in English. By teaching the language, the Pueblo is passing on its history, values, beliefs and a worldview. Incorporated in the second program are two scholarships for Pueblo members to learn and train in solar installation.
The Pueblo of Nambe
A grant was made in partnership with Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative to install PV-on-a-Pole at two homes on the Pueblo, serviced and selected by the Coop .Cost savings and the opportunity to promote the benefits of solar energy on the Pueblo were the incentives for the project.
Zuni Veterinary Clinic
Funds were awarded to solarize the newly constructed, self-sustainable Zuni Veterinary Clinic.This will be a year-round fully functional clinic to take care of and reduce the number of stray animals and eliminate diseases through vaccines.This Earthship will drastically reduce utility bills, provide natural heating, cooling, water and electricity and act as a showcase for off-the-grid buildings. The grant was made in partnership with Biotecture Planet Earth, Inc.
The Zuni Veterinary Clinic Under Construction
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