REEF bade goodbye to 2012. We secured the fund, suppliers, and stakeholders and started the field installation of solar panels to poor households as part of Family first Program in last year. We look forward to see the first family first installation go-live in this year, to get engineering in action to alleviate poverty.
REEF has a dream for 2013. In order to support the Family First, Green Hospital & LEADS (education) program, we need a steady business model beyond reliance on Government and international policy. REEF will distribute solar lantern and environment friendly cooking stove to partners. The profit earned from distributorship will feed into our main cause.
We already have set our feet to the business plan. Y2013 will be the year of implementation, a year for new alliance, a tale of success stories of new endeavors.
BY Manimala Kumar
Renewable energy’s contribution to the environment is profound. THE GREEN Hospital Program has the potential to offset coal produced electricity, AND reduce green house gases created by power plants. Gases like sulfuric nitrous acid, when combined with water, produce acid rain, and can seriously hinder rice and other crop production as well as defoliate rain forest cover. Frequently when RE projects are up for consideration another barometer considered is an equivalent of acres of trees planted. The acreage of trees planted is based on the size of the solar PV system. These are GREEN hospital project environmental benefits.See us on http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org/green-hospital.html
By Patrick Kagema – Courtesy REEF Website
Thanks to petitochips
She gets up at the crack of dawn, straps one baby to her back, the other to the front. And yet, one more lazily follows her around, tagging tightly on her heavily patched dress. She walks out, down the dark forest path. Oblivious of the danger that lurks along, the bloody rape that occurred on the same path last evening, she hurries to fetch firewood and with the few coins she has saved, buy paraffin to use on the lantern tonight. She needs to get back soon so that she can make a meal for her family, a meal that might as well be the only one of the day. This is her life. This is a Filipino woman at a remote part of the Philippines.
At Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation, we know this woman. And we understand her needs. The Family First Program provides safe and affordable solar lanterns to light the homes, and energy efficient cook stoves that are environmentally friendly. You too can help. Connect with us today and alleviate poverty now.
by Patrick Kagema
The sad, hard facts about the dangers of kerosene use for lighting in rural Philippines and other remote parts of the globe are most of the time difficult to comprehend. But let me break them down for you. Indoor air pollution! leading to respiratory illnesses, eye problems, poor health and infertility. High Levels of illiteracy emerging from poor school performance. These children attend the hospital more than school and can’t do their homework in the poorly lit houses. And this brings me to poverty. High kerosene costs mean little or no savings. And the short day hours due to poor night lighting means less working. The mothers or children also walk long distances through unsafe paths to go buy this kerosene. The risk of kidnapping or rape is very high and has often occurred. Fire accidents, leading to loss of lives and property make the situation no better. And the solution to all these vices you wonder…… just a solar lantern! Learn more from http://www.alleviatepovertynow.org/family-first.html
by Patrick Kagema
Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation is hosting a discussion on the health, economic and environmental consequences of open pit cooking. Leading the discussion and product demonstration is Dr. Mouhsine Serra CEO and Founder of Prakti Design stoves of India. He will demonstrate the high efficient design concepts of his stoves that produce one of the most efficient stoves directed at the bottom of the pyramid.
The event includes light BBQ finger food and light refreshments. The $20 admission also provides each attendee with a FREE solar powered lantern. These lanterns like the stoves are designed for the bottom of the pyramid directed at alleviating poverty. REEF distributes these stoves and lanterns no charge in developing countries like the Philippines to families nominated as living in extreme poverty with monthly incomes of $15.
Join us in a garden setting on August 5, from 3pm – 5pm to learn how REEF and Prakti Design stoves teamed up to make a difference to families living in extreme poverty. Click on the picture for more information.
by Ralph Chesley