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%.
Training local citizens as human resources via developmental learning
Training people to engage in operation, maintenance, and servicing of photovoltaic systems and developing awareness about electricity use.
Donation of photovoltaic power generation and energy storage systems
To schools, student dormitories, places of industrial activities.
To 90 households living in the center of the village.
Helping improve education and income (economy)
Raising an enrollment rate with light for nighttime classes at school and student dormitories. Building models for local industry using electricity.
ARTIC is engaged in relief work for domestic and international refugees and for the poor in developing countries, contributing to improving social welfare based on the concept of salvation through Mahayana Buddhism. It also fosters human resources (both Japanese and non-Japanese) inside Japan, with the aim of raising awareness for international cooperation and the environment.
Though situated in one of the world's best rice-growing regions spreading around the lower reaches of the Ayeyarwady River, two-thirds of the people are farmers without land who work as day laborers in agriculture, with an average annual income of 100,000 yen. Although there weren’t any high school in the local area, a school was built in the center of the village in 2016 with the aid of the Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation (ARTIC).Among the six villages where schools were built in the same year, this village was the quickest to raise the necessary funds from residents, showing a significant awareness of self-support.
This is the school that was built. All 576 students study hard in the lightless classroom (left). Rice is grown in front of the school to provide to the student dormitory additionally built (right).
The farmers grow two crops a year: rice in the rainy season (June to October), and beans in the dry season (November to March). They make money by selling dried red pepper. The photo shows the hulling of rice using a machine.
Efforts are being made to increase the rate of enrollment in advanced schools of this school from the current 14% to 50%.The village's high school is aiming at a rate of 50%. In the big city of Yangon, students wishing to go to university usually go to cram schools. With no access to such schools in the village, being able to revise at night is a major help to pass the entrance exam for high school. In addition to lighting up dark classrooms to help improve children’s education, measures are being sought to utilize electricity in the village’s industries such as the production and sales of ice cream bars and the renting of solar storage systems.
Electricity from a generator and a tractor provide power for the student dormitory. Streetlights use electricity produced by a generator (right).. Use of the Power Supply Station will allow the money saved on fuel to be put aside for buying a replacement battery, helping to achieve a stand-alone operation.
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.
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.