Lighting up Tanzania

Midwife holding cell phone at night_reducedImagine trying to deliver a baby in darkness. This midwife from Tanzania is holding a cell phone in her mouth as her only source of nighttime light. With our Solar Suitcase program in partnership with Pathfinder and Jhpiego, more than 200 health facilities in Tanzania are being equipped with reliable lighting and electricity.

Safe Motherhood in Uganda

IMG_6777After three years, our Solar Suitcase program in Southwest Uganda remains a great success! Working with AMREF, and White Ribbon Alliance, we equipped 100 health centers with Solar Suitcases and laptop computers. More mothers are utilizing health facilities, getting better care, and bringing home more healthy babies.

Where There Is No Light

Imagine having to conduct a delivery in darkness. This 2012 video tells We Care Solar’s story from the first suitcase in Nigeria to the more than 1600 deployed throughout the world today.

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The Solar Suitcase

We Care Solar designs portable, cost-effective Solar Suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity.

By equipping off-grid medical clinics with solar power for medical and surgical lighting, cell phones and essential medical devices, We Care Solar facilitates timely and appropriate emergency care, reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care in Africa, Haiti and other regions.

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We Care Solar promotes safe childbirth in developing countries. Your donations allow us to fulfill requests from clinics around the world in need of Solar Suitcases. Donations also help us integrate new medical applications for the Solar Suitcase, expand our programs, and build a network of local Solar Suitcase trainers and technicians. We welcome and deeply appreciate your support.