BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2014
What if you had the chance to play a critical role in bringing clean energy to a whole village of people on the other side of the world who live without energy at all? What if you could see their faces on the very day that it happens?
I am joining a team of 3 other people, to bring solar power to a village in Ghana in November. My group is going under the direction of Saha Global (http://www.sahaglobal.org/).
For the past five years, Saha Global, formerly known as Community Water Solutions (CWS), has been bringing clean water to remote villages in Ghana. The result has been the successful launch of sustainable women-owned and -run water treatment businesses in 71 villages, for the benefit of more than 40,000 people, more than 8,000 of them children.
Saha Global is very different from many of the other organizations you may have read about - Saha works closely with the village chief and elders first and then the village residents, to introduce their unique, simple, effective and sustainable water purification system that converts murky, bacteria-infected dugout water to clean drinking water. Saha shares information with the villagers regarding the specific health benefits of clean water, goes to the schools to do the same with the children, and assists the women as they learn to manage both the business itself and the revenue they generate. CWS then returns to the villages on a regular basis to monitor the continuing success of the system and help to address any problems.
Every single village system started by CWS is still successfully providing clean water to their village!
This year for the first time, Saha has expanded its program to provide a clean energy option for these same communities. Currently, most households use cheap lead acid batteries to power low quality flashlights, and kerosene lamps which are dangerous and toxic. Most households own cell phones but have to travel several miles to charge them. The Saha team will (i) provide the capital to set up the solar center (solar panels, battery, inverter) and; (ii) work with the village elders and citizens to build and manage a functioning solar power center. Each community will elect two women to run the solar center which will have environmentally-friendly batteries, chargers and power strips so that people can rent batteries or charge their phones for a small fee. Access to renewable energy in these remote regions will expand opportunities exponentially impacting communication, education and the local economy.
Each member of the 4-person team is tasked to raise the funds required to purchase the supplies needed to establish the solar center for the village to which they are assigned - $2950 each person (please see the website to see what costs this fee covers). I can get myself to Ghana, but I am writing to ask you to contribute to my "Solar Fund". Your donation is tax-deductible and any amount is greatly appreciated.