Jul 7, 2021

Mark July 20 on Your Calendar

Solar panels on site
Solar panels on site

This report is meant to be a quick progress check in and to have July 20 marked on your calendar as that is the day the irrigation system at the Thai Child Development Foundation is to be installed!

Leading up to the installation, the equipment has arrived including the solar panels, pipe, filter tank and other pieces.

However, because of the current COVID wave in Thailand there's a number of items that must be addressed in the next couple of weeks and these include:

1. Seeking formal approval from the local authorities for the team to enter the general area.

2. Setting up a "quarantine system" for the team.  They will need to have regular COVID testing and will sleep and eat at TCDF's EcoLodge which is currently closed for guests.

3. The installation team under no circumstances will be allowed to go into the village.

TCDF has already applied for all of the necessary approvals from the local authorities and have prepared the EcoLodge for the team's arrival on July 15.

As the situation in Thailand continues to change daily, we are working quickly and hard towards July 20 and being able to complete all the work before the rainy season.

Water tank and some of the pipe
Water tank and some of the pipe
More equipment ready for the install
More equipment ready for the install
Jun 3, 2021

A New Era for the G(irls) 20 Global Summit Begins

Taken Before The Pandemic at the Japan Summit
Taken Before The Pandemic at the Japan Summit

For eleven years, the Global Summit has followed the G20 to each host country and produced a Communiqué, calling on G20 Leaders to adopt policies that will promote women and girls’ economic participation. In 2020, the Summit was held virtually due to the global pandemic.

G(irls)20 has shared a strategic plan that outlines changes for the Summit. The Summit will no longer be aligned directly to the G20 but will instead be a standalone, independent Summit with partnerships in the corporate sector and civil society.

G(irls)20 will host an annual Summit in Toronto, Canada with a focus on leadership development, advocacy and policy-creation training. Delegates will come from across the globe and be selected based on their potential as young female leaders. Once delegates have attended the Summit and feel adequately prepared, they will be sent to spaces of power to carry forward the voices of young women, where they will have a real and tangible platform for influence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued well into 2021. In order to prioritize the G(irls)20 team’s wellness and have sufficient time to redesign the Summit, the next Summit will take place in spring of 2022. 

The Summit is being redesigned with support from the G(irls)20 team, their Steering Committee, and their broader community. Based on the work of the team, the Steering Committee and responses to a community survey, a final strategy document will be shared back with the community in autumn 2021 through a blog and webinar. All of the GlobalGiving donors will be notified of the webinar date so that they can join the discussion andlearn more about what is planned.

G(irls)20 is committed to bringing young women together for dialogue and collaboration. The spring 2022 Summit will have an age range of 18-24 and young women from all countries will be eligible. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions and worldwide vaccination rates, the Summit will either be in-person or online. Other aspects of our Summit are still to be determined, including eligibility for participation, workshop content, and opportunities for delegates after the Summit. In Autumn of 2021, G(irls)20 will announce the dates for the Summit, eligibility criteria, and programming content and that will be the focus of our next report.  As a next step we’ll also update the Summit’s project page to reflect these exciting changes.

While going through the strategic process for the Summit, the other big news from G(irls) 20 is the release of a new global report co-authored with NewNow on young women in leadership.

In the release for the report G(irls) 20 wrote that “despite a body of research reflecting young women’s enthusiasm and drive to get involved in leadership, their participation remains constrained, and younger women continue to be excluded from decision-making spaces.  When young leaders were asked how they feel life would differ with equal global representation, their answers reflected a more inclusive society, economy and workforce. They expressed high confidence in a woman’s ability to positively impact the world, as was their commitment to ensuring inclusive representation in our communities.”

This report is available to read and download by clicking here.

Quote from G(irls) 20
Quote from G(irls) 20

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May 12, 2021

Technically Speaking

Engineers Drawing of the Water System
Engineers Drawing of the Water System

Over the last few reports, we've provided insights not only into this project but some of the other activities at the Thai Child Development Foundation (TCDF) as well as the impact of the COVID pandemic on our work in Thailand.

In this report, our goal is to provide some insights into the technical side of the water management system which will be implemented as soon as the current COVID lockdown is lifted.

This project faced several technical challenges and one of the biggest was to provide a system that allowed for movement of the water from TCDF's well, situated at the base of a mountain, up the mountain to a newly cleared and planted land plot. This new plot contains a number of fruit trees and plants ranging from coffee to black pepper to bananas and all require a consistent amount of water.

The other challenge was to provide a solution that could be easily managed by TCDF's team, didn't require expensive replacement parts that might be difficult to source later on and was energy efficient.

As many of you may recall, the original plan was crafted by our Australian corporate partner following a visit to the site in pre-COVID times. The plan's water filter system was then adjusted by local water system experts to reflect local conditions. It is unfortunate that our Australia partner will not be able to participate in building out what they created but we're very grateful that the local engineering team has agreed to step in to help not only now but down the road when called upon.

Technically speaking, the system will utilise solar power to operate the pumps, a tank filter system, submersible pump and storage tanks situated at the top of the mountain.  From the top, using sprinklers and drip pipes the water will reach the trees and plants. We're including with this report a copy of the engineering team's design to show how all of the pieces connect to create the overall system.

We can also confirm that all of the components noted in the drawing have replacement pieces readily available in Thailand!

Next steps?  As soon as the current lockdown is lifted all of the components will be transported from the warehouse to TCDF's site and the build out will begin.  At the time of writing this report we don't have a clear end of lockdown date but news and reports coming from the country would indicate in five weeks. 

For now, we send our best wishes for the health and safety of everyone in Thailand and that soon we’ll be able to share pictures with all of you of the work underway!

Project Aerial View
Project Aerial View
A Second Aerial View
A Second Aerial View
Engineers Drawing of the Solar Panels
Engineers Drawing of the Solar Panels
The Filter Tanks in the System
The Filter Tanks in the System
 
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