The Charcoal Project

The mission of The Charcoal Project is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for the widespread adoption of clean burning technologies, sustainable fuel alternatives, and policies that support energy-poverty alleviation for those who depend on biomass as their primary fuel around the world.
Sep 17, 2014

Rubaare Solar Project - Phase I Completed!

Roof Top view
Roof Top view

Dear Friends –

Just a quick note here to tell you that a new solar system has been successfully installed at the main campus of the Rubaare Educational Foundation. Your support made the difference in the lives of these students who will now be able to study in the evenings and move around campus safely at night. 

With your donations, as well as the generous support of the Unitarian Church of Summit New Jersey, we hired Village Energy, a Ugandan-owned solar company, to install lighting in the main chapel, some classrooms and in the girls’ and boys’ dormitories.  

So far, Henry Twinemasiko, REF Schools Director, is extremely pleased with the system saying, “The solar system is working really well, the students are very happy with the lights.” 

Now that the initial system has been put in place, we are raising funds to expand it to the rest of the main campus, and then to some of the other schools in REF.

Donate now to help us bring lighting and power to more students!

Thank you again for all your help and we will keep you updated on our progress in Rubaare.

Cheers!

Sylvia and Kim

New lights
New lights
Jun 25, 2014

Update on Rubaare School Solar Project

School children at the main campus
School children at the main campus

Dear Friends,

These students smiling in the sunshine will soon be smiling in the evening as well. Thanks to your generous support we are very close to installing a new solar system in the Rubaare Educational Foundation Schools in Rubaare, Uganda. With your continued help, we can expand the scope of our project and finish a large part of the main campus, which will affect over 600 students.

Donate now to quality for Microsoft Youth Spark Bonus Day and double the impact of your contribution!

The very first part of the project will focus on the girls’ dormitories to improve their comfort and safety. Secondly the main hall of the campus will be lit for use as classrooms and a homework space. 

In early July, I will be traveling to Uganda to meet with solar vendors and get final bids from the three contractors we have selected so far. We are looking closely at each vendor to make sure they can service the systems we put in place and that they are providing the best quality product we can get for our funds. Also, we will be building a solar phone charging station so the school can earn funds that will help them maintain the system.

On June 25th, Microsoft is sponsoring a Youth Spark Bonus Day for all Global Giving Projects that directly help children. They are matching contributions up to $200,000 by 100%. Please donate on that day to maximize your impact.

Off now to start packing and looking forward to sending you updates from the field.

Regards,

Sylvia Herzog

High school students in Rubaare
High school students in Rubaare
May 5, 2014

Sweet Incentives for Investing in Solar Lighting

Nikki Diaz and a birthday girl with her cake.
Nikki Diaz and a birthday girl with her cake.

Dear Friends-

Just a quick up date to let you know how things are going on our solar campaign for the Rubaare Educational Foundation and tell you about some “sweet” incentives for supporting our project.

Donate now to support the solar lighting campaign 

Good News

The Unitarian Church of Summit New Jersey has once again included REF in its annual fundraising appeal and this year raised $6,000 for our solar campaign. We are extremely grateful for their support over the last two years, first for clean cookstoves and now for solar lighting. 

Solar Update

We have narrowed down our list of solar vendors and will be interviewing them this summer when we visit Uganda to pick the right contractor. Because of the favorable climate in Uganda, there are many providers of solar power, which works in our favor. 

The Big Picture

As you know, our solar project in Rubaare is not just about bringing solar-powered energy to one school in one corner of Uganda. In addition to bringing much-needed illumination to the school, our goal is to ensure that the expertise gained from our portfolio of renewable energy programs in Rubaare can be shared with many other schools across Uganda and Africa.

Matching Day

You can help us reach our goal by donating on Wednesday, May 7th, which is a Global Giving Matching Day. Global Giving is matching up to 30% of donations

Have Your Cake…

Do you have a special event coming up that needs a special dessert? The Charcoal Project has a new associate and it turns out she can bake! Nikki Diaz has offered to award one of her amazing cakes for the person who donates the most the week of May 5-9th. Custom cake made to your liking for the highest donor! And if you combine the donation with the Global Giving Matching Day, you win and we win. Must live in the New York /New Jersey metropolitan area to qualify for delivery. Redeemable for a mutually agreed upon date between winner and Nikki.

Stylish and yummy!
Stylish and yummy!
Fun for everyone.
Fun for everyone.

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