Solar Lighting for 120 Displaced People in Burma

by The Branch Foundation
Aug 8, 2014

We are over halfway to reaching our target!

A photo from our last solar lighting project
A photo from our last solar lighting project

Thanks to your generous donation, we are over halfway to reaching our funding target for this project. It's people like you that enable to us to bring light to communities who otherwise have to rely on expensive and dangerous forms of lighting such as candles and kerosene lamps.

The benefits of solar lanterns are numerous. Not only do they provide a safe and reliable way for people to light up their homes, but they also allow the children to study after dark and give their parents more time at night to produce goods which they can sell.

Sai Tom, the school principle from the community, told us:

"I stay on the mountain which is very windy. It is dangerous and the risk of the fire is high. However, using solar panels has helped. It (the solar lantern) did improve my standard of living because I don’t need to spend money on candles and I can also work at night. It has also reduced the number of the patients who are sick because of the smoke (from the candles and kerosene lamps)."

As Loi Lum IDP Camp is in a very remote area of Burma, it not easily accessible during the rainy season (July to October). We hope to raise all the funds for buying and installing solar lanterns for residents’ homes and the local school within this time so that we can implement the project in one go. Until that time, we are holding the funds we have received so far and keeping the community at Loi Lum informed of any progress.

We sincerely hope that you consider donating again or telling your friends and family about this project in order to help us reach our funding target on time.

With gratitude,

Tom Rosen

Children studying using kerosene lamps as lighting
Children studying using kerosene lamps as lighting
The school where we will install solar panels
The school where we will install solar panels



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The Branch Foundation

Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tom Rosen
Project Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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