In January 2019, we installed a solar power generator and a power storage system (Solar Station) in both the primary school and the dispensary in the village of Ilkimate where the Maasai people live. We also donated 150 solar lanterns to each house in the village, 7 solar power storage units to the literacy class and the houses for the primary school and dispensary staff, and one water pump equipped with a solar panel for irrigation. We aim to improve the lives of people in the school, dispensary, households, and in other areas.
Using the solar power generator and power storage system devices (Solar Stations) we installed, we conducted technical training such as teaching basic knowledge about electricity, how to use batteries efficiently, and daily system maintenance points. Around 20 people attended, including school staff, members of the community committee, and dispensary staff. The participants enthusiastically listened to the lecturer's talk, who was an engineer from Panasonic's Eco Solutions Company. After finishing the training, there were a number of comments from participants, such as, "I've understood the importance of managing the figures every day," and "It's exciting to think that we will be able to use electricity every day." (January 2019)
In Kenya, where the whole country is undertaking initiatives to educate children, the courses to take after finishing primary education greatly differ depending on one's academic abilities. By installing solar power generators and power storage systems in the primary school, lights can now be used during the night, and we have started supplementary classes that run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to improve the children's academic abilities. Teachers also spoke of their expectations, saying, "We will be able to deliver higher quality education." (January 2019)
Cooperation the students and staff, we have begun the cultivation of a vegetable garden in the grounds of the primary school. For this, we installed a water pump equipped with a solar panel to irrigate the vegetable garden. Using the power from the solar power generator, the pump draws water from the creek into a water tank. Water flows from a number of hoses extending from the tank to the vegetable garden to form an automatic watering system. When the cultivation work is finished, the villagers will try and grow vegetables like tomatoes. (January 2019)
We will start a literacy class for women for whom opportunities for education are more restricted than males for reasons such as having to drop out of school due to customs such as early marriage. We installed a solar storage device in the church where we held an information session. We assembled the mothers after they had finished preparing dinner at 7:00 p.m., and they were all smiling with the joy and hope of being able to read. From now on, we will also conduct training for the teachers to improve their skills for literacy education and formally start the literacy classes.
The dispensary is now able to use a refrigerator for storing vaccines using electricity from the solar power generator and power storage system. Mothers, who until now had to walk their children to a hospital two hours away to get them vaccinated, said happily, "I'm so glad that we can now get vaccinations from our local dispensary."
Enkutoto District, Narok County
Near the border of Tanzania, there is a village where 3,700 Maasai live. There is no industry in this region. The only resource is farming cattle and goats. Daily expenses per family average $2.5. The majority of households are below the poverty line. The nomadic Maasai are recently beginning to live in settled areas, but their lifestyles still depend on their traditional pasturing and small-scale agriculture. In part due to the effects of climate change, they find it difficult to escape from poverty. Only 36% of Kenyans have access to electricity, and only 12% in rural villages. This village is one without access to electricity.
Donation equipment:Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems, Eneloop solar storage systems, Solar storage, Solar pump system
Partner organizations:World Vision Japan
Semitau and Suhaid, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan
The villages are scattered along the Kapuas river, the longest in Indonesia. Villagers are making a living in fishing or agriculture. It is expected that electricity will be used for processing freshwater fish and agricultural products. There is no electricity infrastructure in place. However, in some villages, the government provides a solar panel to every home.
Baingbin Senna Village, Ayeyawady Region
The village has a population of 1,845. Although the government has been undertaking electrification projects, the residents will have no access to electricity for at least five more years since the village is located in a remote area. 95% of the population are engaged in agriculture, with their income coming mainly from the double cropping of rice and beans. The schools in this village aim to achieve a high school enrollment rate of 40%.