Now that the dry season has arrived in East Timor we are currently planning to light up the first 100 homes in Quelicai.
Our East Timorese partner organisation, Natiles, recently met with local authorities and village leaders to discuss a fair and targeted approach in Quelicai. All stakeholders agreed that villages with schools should benefit first. We have identified two suitable villages and obtained necessary endorsement from local leaders to proceed with the project there. Training of village-based technicians and solar installations are planned to take place in late July this year.
This is all possible thanks to all our supporters who gave generously to our ‘Gift of Light’ and ‘Light Up Quelicai’ fundraisers.
We have also been fortunate enough to secure a generous donation from a private donor to provide 35 household solar systems for the small village of Laen Tolu in Suai Loro, a community of fisherfolk. In this project, we are seeking to engage our partners, CNEFP (technical partner) and Natiles (community engagement partner), to mentor staff at the Community Centre in Suai to develop local capacity to engage with rural communities and monitor the project in the long run. Training of local technicians and solar installations are planned to take place in August this year.
While we have been focussing on planning for new projects, there has also been plenty of work developing a monitoring plan for completed solar projects. Partner organisation, Natiles, remains in regular contact with management committees and local leaders in the 12 villages we lit up in 2016. Natiles will return to each village every 4-5 months over the first two years to support the community to manage the scheme successfully into the future.
The ATA’s International Projects Manager, Kate Greenwood, will be finalising arrangements for new projects and tracking progress of existing projects when she visits partners in East Timor later this month.