Solar lighting for 600 Burmese Refugees - Thailand

by The Branch Foundation
Oct 15, 2012

It's nearly been one year.....

Installing a solar panel on top of a thatched roof
Installing a solar panel on top of a thatched roof

It's nearly been one year since we put the 'Solar lighting for 600 Burmese Refugees - Thailand' project up on GlobalGiving.

It's been amazing to see the amount of support it's received from all over the world and we would like to once again like to say a huge THANK YOU to you who helped the project become a success!

With your help, we managed to raise all the funds neccesary within one month of hosting the project on GlobalGiving. Within three months, we had already installed all the solar panels on top of the thatched roofs of the Shan Refugee Camp community. Since that time, children have been able to study after dark and fire hazards posed by the previously used candles and kerosene lamps have all but been eliminated (not a single fire has broken out since implementing the project).

This project was one of a kind, the world's first solar-lit refugee camp! It gained much media attention, including in the esteemed Al Jazeera (click here to read). You can also see where your generous donation went to in a short film by clicking the link below:

Along with YOUR help, not only did The Branch Foundation provide the remaining solar panels needed for the refugee camp residents, but we also managed to buy more solar panels to power a computer so that community members always have access to the outside world.

As you can see, small donations from many individuals can make a MASSIVE difference to people's lives.

We hope that you can continue to support this vibrant yet overlooked community by donating to our NEW project within the same community:

Empower Ethnic Burmese Refugee Through Education

You've already provided light; please let this follow on by also helping to provide a brighter future for the children of the Shan Refugee Camp.

Many thanks once again,

The Branch Foundation Team

The first beams of electricity this women
The first beams of electricity this women's house!
A solar powered computer in the Shan Refugee Camp
A solar powered computer in the Shan Refugee Camp



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Organization Information

The Branch Foundation

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

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