BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 07, 2015
My name is DeLaine and this past August, I was selected to be a part of Saha Global's Global Leadership Program. For 3 weeks this winter, I will live and work in Tamale in northern Ghana, working on a team of 4 to bring solar power to communities that lack access to electricity. Before I go, I need to raise $2,950 to cover 25% of the total cost of my team's solar program.
Why Saha Globa?
Globally, 1.3 billion people, over 18% of the world’s population, live without electricity. Access to electricity improves fuel efficiency, access to education, quality of life, and quality of healthcare while also increasing productivity, reducing carbon emissions and helping to prevent de-forestation. Saha Global empowers women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities.
Saha Global solar entrepreneurs use solar panels to provide access to electricity to their community. They then rent rechargeable batteries, which power household lanterns and small electronics. Community members can also pay a small fee to charge other items, such as cell phones. All of the equipment needed to build the solar charging centers, is purchased locally from Burro, a social business located in Koforidua, Ghana.
Since 2008, Saha Global has launched 78 water businesses and 15 solar businesses which empower 191 entrepreneurs. 100% of the water and solar businesses that Saha Global has launched are still in operation today.
As a Field Representative for Saha Global, I will learn about implementing solar technology in Tamale, then work with local women who will launch and run their own solar business.
This is what your donation supports:
- Solar business materials
- Generator set, including 2 solar panels, charge controller, inverter, battery, user interface: $1,300
- Lanterns (one per family): $8.55/family
- Battery chargers (15 per center): $6
- Rechargeable AA Batteries (3 per lantern, plus extras): $2.25/battery
- Long-term monitoring cost of the village for the next 5 years, including transportation, supplies, and staff in Ghana: $3,000
- Educational materials, including a program handbook and orientation materials: $300
- A Translator for those of us who are not fluent in Dagbani: $150
I am passionate about international development through women and girls' empowerment, environmentalism, transformative conflict resolution, and violence reduction. I am currently studying for the GRE and applying to Fall 2016 graduate programs for international development and human rights.
I have held internships with Amnesty International and the Natural Resources Defense Council. I served my first term of service with AmeriCorps State/National in Rhode Island, working in prisons and schools teaching Dr. Martin Luther King's principles and practices of nonviolence. Currently, I serve with AmeriCorps VISTA as a project manager at The Shriver Center, an anti-poverty law nonprofit in Chicago. I work with public interest lawyers who leverage the law to remove barriers to opportunities to people living in poverty in the U.S. This fall, I will also begin volunteering with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network, observing domestic violence related court cases and recording data to track trends in the court's reponse to domestic violence.
In 2011, I travelled to Kenya with my Swahili professor, creating a library for sustainable educational opportunities at an orphanage in Changamwe. That year, I authored "Killing in the Name of Democracy: Post-Election Violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008," following a scholarly activist approach. In 2012, I travelled to Ghana with my professor and thesis advisor, studying African nation-building and politics.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been supported by wonderful family and friends throughout the years, and I thank you for your renewed, or new, support. Thank you for sponsoring my work and supporting sustainable development efforts abroad.
Other ways to donate:
You may send a check to Saha Global with "DeLaine" in the memo line. A receipt of your donation will be sent back to you.
PO Box 225342
San Francisco, CA 94122-5342
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