Friends & Partners

We Care Solar initiatives would never be possible without the incredible generosity of our funders and in-kind supporters. We are grateful to the individuals, foundations, educational institutions and corporations that have contributed their resources, expertise, and services.

If you would like to make a donation to support our Solar Suitcase Donation and Education programs, please contact us or click on the “Donate Now” button on the right of this page.

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The MacArthur Foundation has generously provided essential funding for our research and development efforts, including our redesign of a second generation of Solar Suitcase for maternity centers, and field testing these units in Nigeria.

 

The Blum Center for Developing Economies (at UC Berkeley) links world-class faculty, inspiring new curriculum, and innovative technologies, services and business models to create real-world solutions for developing economies. It educates students, builds partnerships, and rigorously evaluates its innovations in order to create scalable and sustainable contributions toward the alleviation of poverty. WE CARE is grateful to have received seed funding and ongoing support from the Blum Center.

STARR International Foundation 

The Starr International Foundation is a Swiss charitable foundation that is registered in the Canton of Zug. The Foundation is named after Cornelius Vander Starr, an American businessman who, in 1919, founded C.V. Starr & Co., and in 1943 Starr International Company (SICO), and subsequently other companies, some of which were later combined to form American International Group, Inc (AIG).  Under the leadership of Mr. Starr’s successor, Maurice R. Greenberg, AIG grew to be one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world. The Starr International Foundation has received substantial contributions from the Starr International Charitable Trust, which was established by SICO.  The Foundation supports a broad range of educational, environmental, artistic, cultural, medical, humanitarian and other charitable institutions in Switzerland and around the world, and began supporting We Care Solar in 2012.

UBS Optimus Foundation (UBSOF) supports the development, validation, promotion and dissemination of innovative approaches and ideas to improve the education, protection and health of disadvantaged children around the globe. UBSOF first supported our work in Liberia, where we have partnered with the World Health Organization and the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to bring Solar Suitcases to rural health clinics. UBSOF is now supporting our programs in Ethiopia and the Philippines.

 

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. EMC informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raises funds that support maternal health programs around the world. EMC has supported our program in Malawi.

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Global Health Foundation   Global Health Foundation (GHF) envisions a world where all people have access to comprehensive healthcare services delivered by highly trained and compassionate medical professionals in well-equipped healthcare facilities.  To achieve this vision, GHF supports innovative solutions to improve the health and livelihoods of people living in underserved communities around the world. GHF is supporting our work in Tanzania.

 

The Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability, located at UC Berkeley, is a collaboration of students, faculty, researchers, and staff working to address the critical impact of population on global public health and the environment. The Center is dedicated to developing innovations in reproductive health for resource-poor settings, including reliable health information systems and local access to essential technologies to help guide policy makers in prioritizing interventions to maximize health impact. The Bixby Center supported the original maternal health field research that identified the barriers to maternity care imposed by unreliable electricity.

 

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The Wells Fargo Environmental Grant program invests resources into communities – with a particular focus on projects that positively impact our environment. We are grateful that this program became a generous supporter of We Care Solar in 2012.

 

The Segal Family Foundation creates “efficient investments and effective charitable solutions that improve life in sub-Saharan Africa.” This foundation has provided funding to help us build our organization and has supported Solar Suitcase initiatives in Malawi, Uganda, and other East African nations.

 

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Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources. Since 2012, Clif Bar Family Foundation has supported our Women’s Solar Ambassador Program.

 

 

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The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association CFEBA  engages in a variety of energy-related and general charitable activities, and began supporting We Care Solar in 2013.

 

osprey-logo The Osprey Foundation  The Osprey Foundation strives to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity and human rights in a sustainable way.  They provided capacity building support in 2013 and 2014.

The Tech

The Tech Museum of Innovation in partnership with We Care Solar launched the “We Share Solar Suitcase” assembly program. This dynamic initiative, the first of its kind, is meant to improve students’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and solar energy knowledge while raising awareness of energy poverty in the developing world. The Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds, and endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.

 

Big Ideas @ Berkeley marketplace lets alumni, corporate and foundation partners, friends, and family support Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about tackling major global, regional, and local challenges such as clean energy, the environment, public health, safe drinking water, public policy, and technology-based entrepreneurship. Big Ideas were the initial sponsors of WE CARE and were instrumental in bringing attention to this project when it was in its infancy.
Everbright Solar, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer and factory direct seller of Evergreen string ribbon solar cells, mono crystalline and multi crystalline solar cells. Charles Liu, CEO, has provided ongoing support for our work, proving low-cost solar panels for our installations around the world. Now we have partnered to create a new light weight solar panels specifically designed to fit inside our solar suitcase.

 

Solar Energy International
Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a non-profit educational organization with the following mission: to empower people around the world through the education of sustainable practices. SEI has been a source of inspiration, and in the last two years has partnered with us to teach students and educators how to make our popular Solar Suitcase. SEI has also partnered with us to launch the We Care Solar Women’s Ambassador Program, providing training for women from around the world to lead trainings on the installation and maintenance of solar suitcases.

 

Ad Infininitum Films and Bilingual Communications is a leading production company and advertising firm specializing in bilingual media creation for multicultural audiences with a strong emphasis on the Latino population. Ad Infinitum has donated the production of two stellar videos for WE CARE Solar, introducing our activities to a wide audience across the globe.

Good Gifts Catalogue
Good Gifts has an innovative gift catalogue, and collects funds to support our Solar Suitcase deployments in several countries in Africa and Asia.

 

Applied Materials
Applied Materials, Inc. is a global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products, and supported We Care Solar’s Sierra Leone program in early 2012 and our  We Share Solar educational program.

 

Princeton Tec
Princeton Tec is a world renown maker of high quality lighting products and has generously supported We Care Solar with headlamps for our Solar Suitcase program.

 

Onset HOBO Data Loggers

Onset is the world’s leading supplier of data loggers. Our HOBO® data logger and weather station products are used around the world in a broad range of monitoring applications, from verifying the performance of green buildings and renewable energy systems to agricultural and coastal research.

 

 

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.

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