In 2020, GLOW partnered with Sun Transfer’s Foundation, Stiftung Solarenergie – Solar Energy Foundation (Philippines) to implement a foundation from which we'll later create a future Pay-It-Forward Project in Northern Samar.
GLOW is partnering with FREED (a branch of Siftung Solarenergie) to implement a SELF (Solarizing Education and Learning Facilities) school solarization project in a rural area of San Isidro.
SELF is a full program that comprises social preparations, trainings & capacity buildings for teachers and local technician, deployment and installation of appropriate solar equipment for the school, post-installation support and monitoring. Once the community completes the SELF program successfully (one academic school year), it qualifies for the partnership projects that FREED offers, to help start their journey to self-determined, sustainable development.
GLOW will solarize San Isidro Elementary public school as a form of a SELF project. This school run by 5 hard working teachers who cater to 97 students.
To reach the school from Silvino Lobos, teachers need to travel by boat for 3-4 hours, and trek for 2 more hours every Monday, and go back the same route every Friday. Because of remoteness and the travel requirement, the teachers are forced to stay in the community during school days despite having no access to electricity.
The people of San Isidro rely on farming hoping to make the ends meet. The community is living a very simple life and GLOW hope to help could bring brighter future to them.
The SELF Program is normally the first engagement with a community. In the case of San Isidro elementary school, our local partners have already conducted the initial discussions with the community and have validated that they are ready for a first project with us.
Over time, additional projects are introduced depending on their readiness and commitment for more. These future projects include:
-Community development planning with an emphasis on resiliency and self-reliance
-Lighting homes and improving nutrition using the Pay-It-Forward model
-Improving livelihood by solarizing existing technologies with the Pay-It-Forward model
-Improving water access by installing solar water pumps with the Pay-It-Forward model
-Training solar technopreneurs for sustainability and livelihood.