Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta had been installing water and solar systems for people who didn’t have running water in Navajo Nation. With the backing of Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project Director, Emma Robbins, Alberta’s focus evolved as the crisis grew. At the request of the local Community Health Representatives (CHRs) and Dilkon’s chapter manager, Alberta now applies her skills to support residents in the most remote areas of Navajo Nation and delivers water to those at the highest health risk.
A welder by trade, Alberta went to school to learn how to install photovoltaic systems (PV), or solar energy. By joining Dig Deep in February, Alberta was able to combine her valuable education in building solar energy systems and her metalworking skills to install water pumps and heaters for running water, constructing all of the required connectors for both.