Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia

by Village Improvement Project, Inc.
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
Solar Lanterns for 3000 Village Homes in Liberia
New donated solar lamp
New donated solar lamp

Following my successful visit to Liberia in January 2018 to distribute 360 lanterns donated to VIP by Panasonic for rural school teachers and nurses, we have a new opportunity that's just been thrust at our doorstep.

Urgent action is needed to help 1000 new school children in rural Liberia receive a much-needed gift of solar lanterns to study at night.  An Indian energy company has offered a corporate social responsibility (CSR) donation of 1000 solar lanterns to VIP but we need U.S. $4,000 to ship these lanterns from India to Liberia by the end of March and we don't have the funds. 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

One thousand children in Liberia stand to lose out if we can't get donated solar lanterns to them by next month.Time is against us to receive these generous donations and it can only happen if we can find the money to ship them through courier service from Mumbai, India to Monrovia, Liberia by the end of March. Rural kids who don't have the means to study at night need these lamps. During my school visits, I observed that both teachers and students need lights to prepare lessons and study at night.

We are counting on you to help give this precious gift of light to improve education in Liberia. The donor company has a deadline to get these lamps shipped by the end of March. 

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Your donations are hard at work! Village Improvement Project’s CEO, Dr. LeRoy Boikai, is in Liberia right now distributing 504 new solar lanterns capable of charging mobile phones. He and his team are distributing these lanterns in two new counties, Cape Mount and Lofa.  Also, we had previously received 360 lanterns through a grant from Panasonic. These are now being distributed to school teachers, nurses in rural clinics, and Ebola orphanages.

While he is in Liberia, Dr. Boikai will also be checking in on the villages in Bomi and Monstserrado counties which have received solar lanterns from VIP during the past two years. He will talk with the villagers to see if the lanterns are still working and arrange for them to be repaired if they are not. Most of the time that the lanterns aren’t working properly, it is because they aren’t out in the sunlight enough during the day. Dr. Boikai will be problem-solving with villagers to find ways to keep their lanterns safe and out in the sun for more hours during the day.

Village Improvement Project, Inc remains grateful for your support. Please share our projects with your friends and family. All donations to VIP will help communities in LIBERIA access zero-cost energy in a sustainable way.

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New Lanterns for Liberia
New Lanterns for Liberia

VIP recently purchased an additional 504 new lanterns capable of charging mobile phones for distribution to new villages in rural Liberia. These new lanterns will be distributed in two new counties (Cape Mount and Lofa). The lanterns are now being shipped to Liberia and are expected to arrive by the end of December 2017. 

I plan to travel to Liberia in January and will assist in the distribution of these new lanterns. In addition, I will also distribute 360 new lanterns donated by Panasonic to school teachers, nurses in rural clinics, and Ebola orphanages. I will spend time also surveying towns and villages where we've already supplied lanterns to gauge and measure impact. 

Another reason for my visit will be to launch VIP's clean cookstove project by piloting the use of manufactured rocket stoves alongside traditional three-stone cooking methods. The field tests will utilize various protocols to demonstrate how our stoves perform with local cooks, foods, practices, and fuels. The water boiling test will be used to measure how efficiently a stove uses fuel to heat water in a cooking pot and the amount of emissions produced while cooking compared to the traditional cooking methods. The controlled cooking test will measure stove performance in comparison to traditional cooking methods when a cook prepares a pre-determined local meal.

Village Improvement Project, Inc remains grateful for your support. Please share our projects with your friends and family. All donations to VIP will help communities in LIBERIA access zero-cost energy in a sustainable way.

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Panasonic gives 360 of these solar lanterns to VIP
Panasonic gives 360 of these solar lanterns to VIP

Very exciting news for everyone at Village Improvement Project and all our generous donors and supporters. Panasonic has honored the VIP Solar Lanterns project with a donation of 360 Panasonic solar lanterns. Panasonic has said that they aim to contribute to the progress and development of societies in developing and emerging countries through donating a solar LED lanterns to people living in areas without electricity through 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company's founding.

Dr. LeRoy Boikai, VIP's CEO, reports that we have been promised  the 360 lanterns  which will be donated to school teachers, health clinic, and orphanage workers in off-grid communities in Liberia. The solar lanterns are scheduled to arrive in Liberia in October 2017.Distribution will take place as soon as the lanterns clear Liberian customs and are delivered to our office in Monrovia. We hope to begin distributing the lanterns by December 31, 2017.

Funds raised on GlobalGiving will be used to pay for VIP staff to deliver the lanterns and to teach people how to use them. Donations are also used to pay for a secure office in Monrovia which is used to store the lanterns awaiting distribution. 

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On April 23rd & 24th, 2017, a total of 307 families in ten villages in Liberia received the latest consignment of solar lanterns. Poor road conditions made the distribution process slow and arduous. A team member trained homeowners on how to charge the lanterns and cell phones and provided helpful advice about how frequently to charge the lanterns. 

The Village leaders and heads of households expressed thanks and promised to take good care of the lanterns. One villager said that their homes will not burn down anymore by candle and their children will have light to study. Another said, "we don't have money to buy batteries." In one village, an old man said, "I only use a flashlight but whenever the light spoiled, my family will stay in darkness." Another town resident said, "we have been using a piece of cloth in oil to make a lantern, so we thank you for bringing us this light."

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Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Location: Columbus, OH - USA
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Village Improvement Project, Inc.
LeRoy Boikai
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LeRoy Boikai
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Columbus, Ohio United States

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