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Teens across the country are combining their skills to save mothers and babies in Africa. The innovative Boston teen band organization “Plugged In” has chosen to hold a rock concert to benefit WE CARE Solar. One young musician, Mitchell Therieau, heard the NHPR radio interview about our work (visit www.nhpr.org/node/25951) and successfully pitched our cause to members of eight youth bands performing with Plugged In this summer . Now they’re slated to present “A Night for Light – A benefit for WE CARE Solar” on August 8th in Needham, Massachusetts.

On the other side of the country, Tim McDougal, a Sacramento, California high school engineering teacher, was inspired by a recent WE CARE Solar presentation at the Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute (www.solarschoolhouse.org), and decided to take action. He committed to training high school students to assemble “WE CARE solar suitcases” for our work in Nigeria, and has already been helping us to advance our design of the systems. His daughter, Jordan, has expressed interest in founding WE CARE Solar clubs to encourage other high schools to follow suit.

Proceeds from the Plugged In concert will be used to purchase equipment and pay for shipping for solar suitcases.

We’re absolutely delighted to see the enthusiasm and ingenuity of teens (and their teachers) across the country who will truly be making a difference in the lives of women and infants in Africa. For more information about Plugged In Teen Bands and concert details, visit: www.pluggedinband.org.