Homemade face masks to prevent contagion is a perfect example of how appropriate technologies are needed to confront global problems efficiently and at scale. We are committing to an Emergency Response to COVID-19, lighting up the dark for 300 at-risk rural kids with solar lamps.
Expert consulting is not accessible nor affordable for struggling rural businesses. Giving them support to sustain themselves is essential for their families and communities. We can help small businesses continue providing relevant goods and services throughout this crisis. Small class sizes of 15 participants enables our coach to direct the sessions towards specific needs and concerns.
Engineering volunteers stay in the community to help test and improve the use of appropriate technologies in the field. Their work with the community helps identify design improvements, best practices, and new ideas.
We got recognized for our high level of community engagement demonstrated at our solar computer lab project in 2018. Community led projects are much more sustainable and effective than top-down and large scale projects because the community is invested in the full capacity of the project.
We were worried about the children of Chitas and Tiritibol, who live in un-electrified villages and face school closure for up to 6 more months. Working with trusted community leaders at our solar schools, we coordinated a cross-country delivery of solar lamps for 319 kids.