Solar Lighting for 120 Displaced People in Burma

by The Branch Foundation
May 8, 2014

Update Report - Feedback from the community

Children studying using kerosene lamps as lighting
Children studying using kerosene lamps as lighting

In our last report regarding this project, we informed you that we sent a new design of solar lantern to be tested at Loi Lum internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Shan State, Burma. Since that time we have received feedback from the community members who got the opportunity to experience solar lighting in their households for the first time. The results were very similar to those we received from our previous solar lighting project at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp.

The solar lantern was tested in four households in the IDP camp and this is what we learned:

  • All 4 households reported that they now worry less about household fires (success rating = 4.25 out of 5)
  • Residents did not have any issues using these easy to install lanterns
  • An average of 215 THB (7 USD) was saved per month due to not having to buy candles and kerosene. That's an amazing 75% of their monthly income!
  • All residents said that having safe lighting at night improved their standard of living
  • The solar lanterns allowed all children to study after dusk and also enabled the older residents to continue working on products such as brooms and roof thatches which they sell in the local area

Mr Hsen illustrated the benefits of solar lighting to the local children's education by saying "The children could do home work together without parents worrying that they will use the fire dangerously".

We are now very confident that these new solar lighting systems will achieve the objectives that we have set ourselves for this project. Over the next few months we hope to raise the remaining funds so that when the rainy season has ended and the camp is more easily accessible, we can provide all the households in this community with clean and safe lighting.

On 16th July, GlobalGiving will be hosting a bonus day in which they will match all donations by 40%. This is a perfect opportunity to get this project fully funded and we hope that you can help us. There are many ways in which you can raise funds such as telling your friends about this project, hosting a dinner party or completing a sponsored walk/run. Please feel free to email me if you would like help setting up a GlobalGiving fundraising page and/or hosting an event.

Many thanks,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

The school at Loi Lum
The school at Loi Lum
A family eating dinner together in semi darkness
A family eating dinner together in semi darkness



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The Branch Foundation

Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Tom Rosen
Project Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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