We just got back from visiting this remote community and I am delighted to inform you that, with your support, the children at Maw Kwee School now have access to solar lighting. Previously, they had to rely on candles, which are not only dangerous in the highly flammable thatched huts but are also an expensive form of lighting. Now the children are able to study after dark in a safe environment.
This was our first collaborative project with Solbakken and we hope it's not our last. The team were highly professional as well as being understanding of the needs of the community. They installed the solar systems and trained members of the community on maintenance.
The solar system provides lighting to all communal areas of the school including the dormitories and study areas. The school principle from Maw Kwee had the following to say:
"Now that we have safe and efficient lighting in the school, the children can study more effectively and move around freely without the dangers posed by open flames. Sometimes we could not afford candles so we were unable to see at night. I would like to thank The Branch Foundation, Solbakken and all their supporters".
We would also like to express our gratitude for your generosity and support towards this project. By walking around the community, we could see how excited and grateful the children and teachers were. You have helped create an environment for which they can reach their full educational potential and the effects will last long into the future.
Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation/Solbakken Team
It’s now 6 months since The Branch Foundation and Solbakken have been raising funds for this project. Through people’s generous donations on GlobalGiving and via our ‘dinner by candlelight’ campaign, we are only $600 short of reaching our goal to ensure that the children of Maw Kwee have access to safe, reliable and clean solar lighting. Now that the rainy season has finished and access to this remote area has improved, we are hoping to implement this project in the coming months.
We’re excited to get this project moving and sincerely hope that you can help us raise the remaining funds by either considering another donation or by sharing information regarding this initiative with your friends and family.
On behalf of the children at Maw Kwee, The Branch Foundation and Sobakken would like to thank you once again for your support and we look forward to updating you on the progress of this project soon.
The Branch Foundation and Solbakken would like to thank you for your generous donation towards ensuring that the children at Maw Kwee School have access to safe and reliable lighting. These students, who live in a remote area along the Thai-Burma border, are currently only able to use candles, which not only pose fire risks but are also an expensive and inadequate form of lighting. By installing solar lighting in communal areas, the school children will be able to effectively and safely study at night allowing them to reach their full potential in terms of education.
Lay Taw, the Karen Education Department’s representative of the school, highlights the importance of this project:
“The students can only read in the daylight. At night they cannot do anything for their lessons. So, electricity is important to study at night. Their parents have not learnt at school but they know that their children need an education. Maw Kwee is the only place the children have a chance to study. For the students, education is very important for if they have no education they will be like their poor parents and stay in the forest. Education will provide them with a better life.”
Currently, it is monsoon season in Thailand; therefore the road to the area is barely accessible. The Branch Foundation and Solbakken hope to raise the remaining funds during this period so that once the rains stop we can implement solar lighting for the school. We are halfway to reaching our goal for this project and we sincerely hope that you can help us reach our target. Please tell your friends and family why this project is important to you, or even better still, consider donating again so that you help bring light into these children’s lives.
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