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WE CARE Solar Nigeria

Two of my favorite people in the world joined forces in December to check on clinic solar suitcases in Northern Nigeria. UCSF Midwife Sharon Wiener flew to Nigeria to continue her fabulous work to bring “Centering Pregnancy” to rural women in need of prenatal care. In mid-2010, she began teaching Nigerian health care workers about this method of group prenatal care that empowers women as they teach and learn about pregnancy from each other. She returned in December, to continue coaching the “Centering Pregnancy” team in Nigeria. We couldn’t miss an opportunity to connect with our solar suitcase clinics, and asked Sharon for assistance. Armed with solar suitcase supplies, she met up with Idris Jibrin, who has been my driver and #1 assistant in Nigeria over the last two years. Perhaps most importantly, Idris has become the official WE CARE Solar Suitcase “fix-it man.” He brought Sharon to see several clinics during her December trip and the two of them restocked the clinics with LED light bulbs and collected valuable feedback for our research.


We Care Solar Suitcase: Providing Clean Energy for Safe Childbirth

The We Care Solar Suitcase® provides solar-powered medical lighting and power for communication and medical devices to last mile health facilities. With documented success in multiple countries, this innovation is one approach to providing clean, renewable energy and achieving universal electrification to healthcare facilities.

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Imagine a Gender Equal World

We Care Solar is powering the future for women in the Global South, working at the crossroads of women’s health, education, gender equality, clean energy, and climate action. We Care Solar promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality with solar power, creates employment opportunities for women, and provides quality STEM education for girls.

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2023 Impact Report

2023 Impact Report Thanks to you, We Care Solar has had a tremendous year of providing life-saving energy to maternal clinics in energy-poor countries and

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In One Place, Together

Fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other rapid onset disasters cripple existing infrastructure, threatening public health and safety. The electrical power supply system is often one of the first services to collapse in the event of a

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For Jacinta, with Love

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our beloved Jacinta after a long illness. Through it all, she never stopped exploring, engaging, or sharing and she lived her final year

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