Solar lighting for 600 Burmese Refugees - Thailand

by The Branch Foundation
Mar 12, 2012

Solar panel installation trip at Refugee Camp.

One of the residents and her new solar panel
One of the residents and her new solar panel

We just returned from the solar panel installation trip, and it was a great success!!

Your generous donations really have made a difference, and we would like to warmly thank you on behalf of the community. We watched the solar panels being handed out to each individual family, the acutal panels being installed and then the absolute delight (and often disbelief) as people turned on the light switch for the first time. 

One 70 year old women said with tears in her eyes "this is the first electricity I have ever had in any home I lived in, I am lost for words.' This rhetoric was echoed around the community, and the excitement was visible on everyones faces. It was a humbling experience, and 'you are welcome' just did not seem to measure the gratitude of the community. 

Two journalists came on the trip and are busy working on a story with the focus of 'The World's First Solar Lit Refugee Camp,' and we will be sure to send you a link once it's ready. We, at The Branch Foundation, are excited that YOU helped make this project such a success!

To view a gallery of our recent visit, please click here

In the next month the community members will receive training on solar panel maintenance. We are also looking into developing further alternative energy projects in the camp such as a biogas system which is currently in the pilot project phase.

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Thank you for your ongoing support!

With gratitude,

The Branch Foundation Team

Walking home happy
Walking home happy
Installing one of the solar panels
Installing one of the solar panels
The light that you helped generate
The light that you helped generate
Switching on her first ever light bulb
Switching on her first ever light bulb



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The Branch Foundation

Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Iona Proebst
Auckland, Auckland New Zealand

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