Send Me to Ghana to Build Solar Power Stations!
Organized by: Tianlin Chang
EVENT DATE May 22, 2014
Sixty percent of the population in rural Ghana do not have access to electricity, and over fifty percent of the population in the Northern region lack adequate drinking water supplies.
In December 2012, I had the privilege of travelling to Northern Region, Ghana as part of the NGO Community Water Solutions’ (CWS) Fellowship Program to pursue my dream of helping people. My team of four others and I travelled to a rural village named Negpeku, previously identified by CWS with the potential need for clean water to build a water treatment business and provide clean drinking water.
CWS is different from other NGOs because instead of building pumps or other complex systems that are prone to damage and fall into disuse, it simplifies the project design by relying more on human capital and education rather than materials and construction projects. CWS achieves this by training local women on how to purify water using locally purchased supplies, to charge an affordable amount for the clean water, to manage revenue from the water business, and to educate the village on the importance of clean water in order to sustain the business in the long run.
Two weeks after we stepped foot into the village for the first time, the water business in Negpeku opened and the two women we trained to operate and own it were busy giving clean water to their village of three hundred. The best part of all this is that Negpeku become one of the over 60 water businesses ever implemented by CWS and every single one is still in operation today.
CWS is proudly expanding its work from clean water to solar energy, and this May I will be returning with 3 other CWS Fellow alumni as part of their first ever solar power team. Similar to the water fellowship model, we will train two local women and work to establish a solar panel charging station that will charge all the villagers’ electronics in addition to distributing free lanterns to each household of the village so that everyone is guaranteed light.
I will be able to cover most of my expenses for this trip. However, I will need YOUR help to purchase my flight ticket to Ghana, which costs around $1,300. Please help me make a difference in this world and consider contributing to my cause.
To learn more about CWS, see this short video or visit the CWS website for more info! You can also read about the pilot tests for the solar program here!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for contributing to my cause :)