Having recently returned to Burma, I am presently working on my schedule for 2014. One of my main goals is to visit several monasteries to help them install solar electric systems. I have already been invited to come to a meditation center at Kanmyu, where they have an existing solar system with diesel generator back-up. However, the system is working poorly and needs some repair and upgrade.
Other visits will be to Taunggyi and Mon State. Even around Pyin Oo Lwin, where I am based, there are several monasteries, nunneries and monastic schools that could benefit from our solar lighting systems. Unfortunately, because the internet is so slow in Burma, I can't upload the photographs I had intended. I will do this on my next visa run to Thailand.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors for their generous support, and wish you all the very best for the New Year. Hopefully, with your help, 2014 will be a bright solar year for Burma!
With the solar hot water system in l'Akany Tafita being so successful and well received, Solar Roots has had a request to install another system in a sister orphanage called l'Akany Famonjena. Whereas, l'Akany Tafita is located in a very poor urban neighborhood in Antananarivo, l'Akany Famonjena is out beyond the suburbs, in a semi rural setting. It is very quiet there - except when a jumbo jet comes in to land at the nearby Ivato airport! I spent a memorable couple of days at l'Akany Famonjena two years ago, where I got to see the large plot of land they have and to hear about their plans for vegetable gardens.
I am anxiously waiting to get new photos of l'Akany, so I can post them in our Global Giving reports. But for now, I will post some photos from a solar hot water installation we did last year at St Mathews Orphanage Center in Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma. The next one at Famonjena will look very similar.
In the meantime, I would like that thank you, our donors for your support, and to wish you all the very best for the New Year. May 2014 be a year of increased stability in Madagascar, as well as the year when the orphans of l'Akany Famonjena get their first hot solar showers!
Winter is coming to an end in Anatananarivo and soon it will be cyclone season again. However, at Akany Tafita, this winter was different from any previous one - this year, the kids had access to copious amounts of hot water for showering. This makes such a difference in their young lives. In the poor neighborhood of Anosibe, where Akany Tafita is located, most people have to buy water by the liter at the local water point and most families cannot afford to heat the water for washing. Having a place where the kids can wash up once or twice a week is truly a godsend.