Target: World Wildlife Fund [WWF]
Goal: Applaud the WWF for allocating funds and equipment for elderly women participating in the Solar Engineer program
A group of seven elderly women from a rural village in Madagascar have been accepted into a training program at India’s Barefoot College. They will join 300 other women at the college to train as solar engineers, sharing their knowledge with their community upon completion of their studies. Using solar energy as the community’s main source for lighting will eliminate other non-renewable sources, such as kerosene or disposable batteries. Commend the World Wildlife Fund for equipping these women with the essential funding and tools to begin their work as solar engineers.
Barefoot College, founded in 1972, is an organization specializing in education within the fields of skill development, drinking water, health, women empowerment and electrification through solar power. The elderly women of Madagascar, who are most often grandmothers, are the first to participate under the World Wildlife Fund program. This program only accepts older women as they are less likely to relocate into the city when their training is complete. Instead, they are considered to possess more patience for learning and are encouraged to share their knowledge with the entire village.
According to Jean-Philippe Denruyter, World Wildlife Fund’s Renewable Energy Manager, the rural communities in Madagascar rely heavily on diesel and kerosene based energy sources. Estimates indicate that households use roughly 1.5-2 gallons of kerosene each month for their cooking and lighting needs. By utilizing solar power, the village’s dependence on unsustainable resources will be abolished.
Mr. Denruyter expounds on how important it is to implement solar power into rural communities, as it will improve the livelihoods for poor communities and enhance education opportunities in rural areas, especially for women. Commend the World Wildlife Fund for collaborating with Barefoot College, training elderly women to become solar engineers and eliminating dependence on fossil fuels in rural communities.
Dear World Wildlife Fund,
As rural communities are gaining access to more efficient and cleaner energy, it is important that they receive the latest technology and become educated on sustainable resources. This will benefit entire villages and reduce their dependence on expensive fossil fuels and disposable batteries that are harmful to the environment.
I applaud your partnership with India’s Barefoot College to train these remarkable women to become solar engineers. By providing equipment and mobilizing funds for the women, you are promoting sustainability development and granting rural communities with essential education on affordable renewable energy.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via flickr