On behalf of The Branch Foundation Team and the Shan State Development Foundation, I would like to thank you for your generous donation towards this project. As it sometimes takes a few months for us to receive disbursements from GlobalGiving - we have yet to receive any funding towards this project. However, that does not mean that we have been sitting idle.
To ensure that we provide the most appropriate and efficient solar lighting for the residents' homes, we have been testing out a new piece of equipment at Loi Lum IDP camp. This solar light only requires a very small panel and can be used in a variety of ways such as holding the lamp in your hand or hanging it from the ceiling. We are currently waiting to hear the results of its effectiveness from the families at the Internally Displaced Persons camp.
For the local school, we plan to install a similar solar system to our previous successful project at the Shan refugee camp, which was completed in January 2012. These are much larger and produce more energy meaning that not only will we be able to generate light but also power computers for the students. Current conditions in the school are not ideal as illustrated by the following quote from Mwe Hkur, the Education Coordinator from the Shan State Development Foundation:
"Students from Loi Lum School have never learned anything through multimedia in their life due to the lack of electricity. They normally end up studying in dark rooms with low quality textbooks."
We have still not reached our funding target for this exciting project so I hope that you can spread the word to your friends and family or even consider a monthly recurring donation.
Tom Rosen - Co-Director/Project Manager
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