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Jan 30, 2012

Next Steps to Light the Navajo Nation

Eagle Energy is gearing up for a new year on the Navajo Nation and we wanted to fill you in on our progress.  But before this update, we need to ask for a favor.  Immediately after you read this e-mail, please send the link for our GlobalGiving page (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-navajo/) to at least one friend and ask them to watch our film and learn about how 18,000 families on the Navajo Nation IN THE USA live without access to electricity.  As Bobby Kennedy once said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lots of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Reach out to a friend and help Eagle Energy educate the masses about this great American injustice and make waves on the Navajo Nation.

Thanks to your support, we have the resources to continue our work to promote the transition to clean solar energy and eliminate the use of kerosene, propane, and single-use batteries for household lighting on the Navajo Nation.  This spring, Eagle Energy will:

1. Distribute 30 solar lighting kits to school librarians and science teachers throughout the Navajo Nation. These kits will each contain six Nokero solar-powered light bulbs and materials to encourage kids to read and learn about solar energy.  See the PDF linked to this report to learn more.

2.  Establish four additional sales outlets in market centers and border towns around the Navajo Nation, and provide advertising/marketing support for these shops to enable access to small-scale solar products for additional people living without access to electricity.

3. Work intensively with partner schools in Thoreau and Baca chapters to develop curriculum to educate elementary and high school students about the benefits of solar energy.

4.  Continue to work with the tribal government and local community leaders to develop policies to promote access to clean energy technologies for people living without electricity.

Thanks again for your support.  Please reach out to a friend and inform them about Eagle Energy’s work to light the Navajo Nation TODAY!

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Oct 25, 2011

Thank You for Eagle Energy's Bonus Day Success

Navajo Women with Solar-Powered Lights
Navajo Women with Solar-Powered Lights

The Eagle Energy team is just back from a trip to the Navajo Nation and we wanted to thank you for participating in our successful GlobalGiving Bonus Day fundraiser.  It was an amazing experience checking the GlobalGiving website throughout the day as we drove from Denver, Colorado to Haystack, New Mexico, watching support for Eagle Energy’s work grow with every mile.  While we didn't win an extra bonus, we raised over $4,000 to push our Eagle Energy project forward from 60+ donors.  This is a huge accomplishment in only 24 hours.  With this experience, we will win the next one!

I also wanted to give you a quick report about our trip to Navajoland.  On this trip, we stayed in the Hogan of our local facilitators Melton and Theresa Martinez (and the rest of the Martinez family) in Haystack, New Mexico.  We met with officials in the office of the President and Navajo Nation Council in Window Rock, Arizona to discuss ways to expand our efforts across the Navajo Nation, and worked with Dine CARE, our partner organization, to plan new outreach efforts.  We also delivered solar-powered lights to local schools, which will allow students without electricity to check out a book AND a light from their school library.  Finally, we conducted a focus group with Navajo women to discuss the best way to involve women in Eagle Energy’s work.  With your help, all of this good work will continue.

Thanks again for your support.  We will be in touch as we expand our reach throughout the Navajo Nation.

Solar Light Shop Display
Solar Light Shop Display

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Apr 29, 2011

Elephant Energy puts out the fire in Namibia

Rural Partner Shop
Rural Partner Shop

     In SiLozi, Katima Mulilo means “to put out the fire,” a reference to the strong winds and currents in the Zambezi that would extinguish the flames of torches when crossing the river via makolo (dugout canoe).  While most people now cross between Zambia and Namibia at Katima Mulilo on the new bridge, Elephant Energy is carrying on the tradition of “putting out the fire” by replacing of candles, kerosene lanterns, and cooking fires with solar-powered lights and clean-burning cookstoves.  In the first three months of 2011, with the funding you provided via Global Giving, Elephant Energy distributed over 450 solar-powered lights via our Elephant Energy Shop in Katima Mulilo.  And the best part is that your donation will keep on giving.  We run our shop in Katima as a sustainable business, so instead of handing out lights for free, rural Namibians invest their own money in their energy future, ensuring that our storeroom remains stocked and ready to meet the needs of thousands more rural people this year.

     However, to build-out our energy distribution network in the Caprivi Region we must stock each of our nine new partner shops with energy products.  While we have enough stock to provide a few varieties of solar-power lights to these shops, our network of rural entrepreneurs is clamoring for solar-powered cell phone chargers.  And who can blame them?  In some areas where we work, the nearest electric outlet is 30 miles away!  We need to raise the final $2,350 in funding for the Elephant Energy Shops project on Global Giving so that we can provide solar-powered cell-phone chargers to the Sibbinda Mini Grocery Shop, the Mashi Craft Centre, Tusano Shop, Ami a Bakando, Get Lucky, Kanono Bottle Store, Bukalo Better Price Shop, Bicycles for Humanity – Ngoma, and God Knows Shop.  Please donate $10 (or more) and help us reach more rural Namibians: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/promote-renewable-energy-shops-in-rural-namibia/.

     Thank you again for helping Elephant Energy put out the fire and turn on the lights in the Caprivi Region.

Doug with kids in Masida
Doug with kids in Masida

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