Projects

Read more about our experiences in the field, including projects in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Haiti, Uganda, and other regions.

  • A day in the life of a Solar Ambassador…. by Merritt Eby Gates February 10th 2014, Kisoro, Uganda What a beautiful day… I awake at 6:45 by a diesel generator.  While the fumes pour in my room and the noise drowns out the morning birds, I’m reminded just how wonderful Solar Energy is. Thunder crashes and rain fills the streets of Kabale, Shannon Fulton sends a funny text, “Room ...
  • “Philippine Heroes of the Night” by Robin Lim and Laura Stachel It was before dawn at the birth center in coastal Leyte when the storm began. Three women were in labor where midwife Gina practices along with her daughter-in-law and her niece. As typhoon Haiyan came closer they could hear the wind howling. The three expectant mothers and the two younger midwives became increasingly frightened. Gina ...
  • Pedagogy of the Empowered – Notes from Solar Ambassador Merritt Eby Gates Caesar is an expert driver – seasoned on the roads all through the Great Lakes Region of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.  “You can drive all the way around this Lake and arrive back in Kampala on the other side!” On a Sunday afternoon in Uganda, along with Dorah and Jairus, the team picks me ...
  • A New Light Shines on a Ugandan Maternal Health Center It was raining in the morning when Merritt Gates (our Solar Ambassador in Uganda) and I climbed inside the cab of a pick-up truck. It didn’t bode well for our planned Solar Suitcase installation outside of Kampala.  But our colleagues from Ugandan Private Midwives Association (UPMA)– Andrew and Moses – assured us that the weather ...
  • Shining a light on a Ugandan maternity center It was raining in the morning when Merritt and I climbed inside the cabby of a pick-up truck. It didn’t bode well for our planned Solar Suitcase installation outside of Kampala.  But my colleagues from Ugandan Private Midwives Association (UPMA)– Andrew and Moses – assured us that the weather would change ...
  • Notes from a Solar Ambassador – Merritt Gates On Monday morning, I woke up early in Kalulu house, crawling out from under my mosquito net, greeted by the calming sound of straw brooms sweeping the dirt compound.  One of the interns of Safe Mothers, Safe Babies (SAFE) – Anna- had already put a pot of water on the kerosene stove for coffee.  We ...
  • Between Life and Death We were in Malawi for three days when I asked a hospital midwife to tell me the word for pregnancy in Chichewa, the local language. “Pakati,” she told me. “What does that translate to?” I asked.  “Between life and death.” I looked at her soberly, taking in the significance of what she had just told me. ...
  • Isha’s Dream – Lighting up lives in Sierra Leone A very excited Isha Daramy-Kabia called me from Sierra Leone today. Isha is a midwife I met in December through the Global Women’s Leadership Network and the driving force behind our recent excursion to Sierra Leone. If you ever meet Isha, you’ll learn that it’s just about impossible to turn her down. Isha has impeccable clinical ...
  • SAFE in Uganda with the Solar Suitcase “There’s going to be a lot of babies saved, a lot of women saved,” exclaimed Ugandan midwife Esther Madudu, after receiving a Solar Suitcase. Until last month, Esther had been conducting nighttime deliveries holding a cellphone in her teeth. When the Solar Suitcase was installed, Esther immediately put it to good use.  Under the newly ...
  • Power to Save Lives Dr. Jacques Sebisaho revealed the power of the Solar Suitcase to save lives this December, when he returned to Idjwi clinic in the DR Congo. The clinic has no power, and when night falls, it is impossible to provide adequate medical care.  On this trip, Jacques had a Solar Suitcase, which was quickly put to ...

 

 

 

 

 

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