Stories

“You should have come yesterday…”

Last week, We Care Solar officially launched Light Every Birth in Zimbabwe. The festive occasion was officiated by the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, who serves as the country’s health ambassador. In addition to wonderful speeches by the

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Designing a Better Solar Suitcase

In a bright room in Google’s community space in San Francisco, three top Bay Area designers unpacked a suitcase. Under the watchful eyes of six We Care Solar team members, they unpacked cables, lights, phone chargers, headlamps, and an array

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Shining a Light on Healthcare Heroes

Posted on Huffington Post, November 11, 2013 When the sun sets tonight around the world, more than 400 maternity clinics that long labored in darkness will have light. Reliable, robust and easy to use “Solar Suitcases” will provide light and

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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.”

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We Share Solar Launches at the Tech!

On January 21st, 2013 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) We Care Solar launched We Share Solar in collaboration with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and through the support of Applied Materials. Held in the newly opened TechLab of The

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We Care Solar launches Successful Ambassador Program

In October 2012, 14 women arrived in Berkeley, California to take part in  a very unique workshop. Some arrived from Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington; others flew in from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and Mexico. Their objective? To learn

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Birthday Reflections

It’s my birthday – a chance for reflection. Three years ago at the same time of year, I faced a major challenge – how to install a solar electric system in a state hospital in Nigeria. My hospital research the

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Frog Designers with WE CARE Solar team

Collaborating “Outside of the Box”

The WE CARE Solar team is hard at work –optimizing the design and function of the solar suitcase. We went to Nigeria in July and brought back photos, room measurements, and surveys of the clinical activities conducted at 28 health

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