AFCS and SWEPA intiate Barefoot Solar Project!
,AFCS, Community Engagement, 2014-05-16
AFCS and the Sabah Woman's Entrepreneurs & Professionals Association (SWEPA), have initiated a Barefoot Solar Project for the upliftment of rural communities near Kota Marudu. The Barefoot College was created in India in 1972 under its founder, Sanjit "Bunker" Roy with the aim of building skills and self-help capacity in impoverished communities. A key foundation of the Barefoot programs is the training of woman, particularly Grandmothers, to perform installations and maintenance work on solar power systems.To date, 1200 villages in 64 countries have completed projects, bringing electricity to 500,000 people.
SWEPA President Jeanette Tambakau and Project Organising Chairperson Datin Adeline Leong welcomed Mr Roy to Sabah on Wednesday so that he could attend the launching ceremony officiated by Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili. Kg Sonsogon Magandai in the Kota Marudu District will be the first village to be electrified. The project is being sponsored by Asian Forestry Company Sabah Sdn Bhd, United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility, Barefoot College and the Government of India, Sabah Credit Corporation, Pacos Trust and Raleigh International.
The Barefoot Solar Project is a perfect compliment to AFCS's own Community Development Progamme which has already completed 56 projects and the company looks forward to working with SWEPA and its Partners to expand the Barefoot College program in Northern Sabah.