The majority of the 20 schools and health clinics we electrified used to run without electricity, and the few that were connected to the grid suffered power cuts 3 to 4 times a week. This, of course, severely impacted upon services and safety. But now with new solar panels, these institutions are doing wonderful things with both light and power.
The flick of a switch now illuminates classrooms and wards right round the clock, bringing brand new opportunities. The children can now go to the schools’ new night classes, and their grades are already climbing, as they’re studying for longer. In health clinics, doctors and nurses now help patients at night in emergencies, or women in labour. Beforehand, they’d have to make do with torches or lights from mobile phones.
The ability to power equipment has also improved health and education exponentially. In schools, where there is often just 1 teacher to 120 students, being able to power projectors and charge tablets has significantly improved resources and the learning environment.
In health clinics, reliable access to electricity has literally been life-changing. For the first time, nurses can power equipment, including oxygen machines that are sometimes vital for keeping newborn babies alive, and store life-saving vaccines in the fridge.
We know our support is incredibly valued – but there’s so much we can do. So we’re now exploring how we can scale up the project to reach the greatest number of people – in the greatest number of locations.
We’re certain we can change more lives through clean energy, and we look forward to updating you as Project Jua evolves.