A letter from the Director,
After four and half years of work, Solbakken will no longer be undertaking new projects. We are very proud of the work we have completed in this short time and thankful to the organizations we have had the pleasure to collaborate with. Most of all we are extremely grateful for the local communities who have helped shape and implement projects and policies that are direct, effective, and appropriate.
With only three permanent staff we have been able to directly and positively affect over 5,100 people’s lives. We have implemented projects in fifteen different villages and conducted trainings and smaller projects under other organizations in many other communities. Over 2,900 people have benefited or currently benefit from our solar projects and nearly 2,000 more use or have used our water access and filtration systems. Local staff will continue to maintain these completed projects, but no future projects will be implemented.
We want to give special thanks to our partner organizations Gyaw Gyaw, The Branch Foundation, Track My Electricity, Tak Border Child Assistance Foundation, and Solar Buddy. Also, a very special thanks to our Board Members Wathit Hathaiphatson, Sylvia Lin, and especially Andrew Pascale.
Thanks to Saw Lay Taw, Paw Eh Wah, Pah Meh, Phillipa, See Da Pah, Ste Pah, P’Enge, Kee Kee Pah, Saw Dee, Poe Kwa Gee, Tim Solimano, Ben Greenberg, Adam Wickens, Kendal Fisher, Gilles Caillette, Father Nicolas, Father Alain, Janu Ramchandani, Tom Rosen, Iona Proebst, Ole Michelson, Jonathan González, EVOLYS, Chris Greacen, Eddie Powers, Heather Graham, Tom Powers, Kris Powers, Wide Horizons School, STTC, MHEP, Jordan Pescrillo, Moe Saung Phwe, Vincenzo Floramo, Diso, Su Kaew Pah, Som Boon, Jobwa, and the wonderful Line Ramstad. There are many other local laborers, farmers, family members, community leaders, headmasters, school teachers, nurses, medics, drivers, security personnel, and government officials who have not been mentioned by name but have played an equally important role in connecting marginalized communities with power and water; we want to thank them as well.
All the best and keep supporting local and small non-profits; the impact on the ground can be life changing.
Director of Solbakken
Solbakken was started in 2013 to find sustainable, local, and appropriate solutions for problems along the Thai-Burma border and inside Burma. The projects fall within the categories of water access, water filtration, and renewable energy access. Solbakken puts a strong emphasis on local employment and education. Along with a system installments, Solbakken provides training to educate the recipients on the system maintenance. As opposed to approaching a community to solve a problem that we see, we are approached to solve a problem the community sees. The solutions found all utilize either sustainable technologies or renewable resources.
We envision a world where rural communities along the Thai/Burma border and communities within Burma have access to clean drinking water and electricity.
We work to improve the level of individual, family, and community health and livelihood for the migrant community along the Thai/Burma border and communities within Burma. By providing basic utilities to schools, training centers, and community centers, the educational environment for school aged children will be greatly enhanced and communities’ livelihood vastly improved allowing for a better educational, economic, and healthy future for the local people.