Mutual Aid in Myanmar: Solar Power For Emergency Response

In mutual aid systems, people work together to meet the needs of their community. This is different from a charity, which features a one-way relationship between an organization and recipients, often responding only to the effects of inequality but not the root causes. Mutual aid collaborations operate as an alliance between people united against a…

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SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals: Bringing Global Goals to the Last Mile

Together with local in-country partners, Green Empowerment brings sustainable development to the last mile. The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 Partnership for Goals strengthens the means of implementation and revitalizes the global partnership for sustainable development. As a U.S. based organization with access to resources, Green Empowerment considers it our duty to share these…

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Navigating Uncharted Waters: Successes and Lessons Learned in 2020

It seems as if the whole world is taking one deep, collective breath as the end of 2020 approaches. Although we are looking forward to what the new year will bring, the lessons learned in 2020 are crucial for the future of our global community. This year brought much uncertainty, yet one thing remained steadfast…

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Solar Powered Health Clinics in Peru Strengthen Community Resilience

Prior to having electricity at their rural health clinics in the Andean mountains, health care workers in Contumazá, Cajamarca, Peru had to travel three hours one way to obtain and deliver vaccinations, among many other critical setbacks. Peru also now has the fifth highest coronavirus caseload in the world at around 740,000 infected patients, and…

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Why partnership inspired me to roll up my sleeves and make cebiche!

I participated in the #cebichechallenge for several reasons, the first was to help raise awareness about Green Empowerment’s vital efforts to bring renewable energy and clean water to rural communities across the globe, communities like San Antonio, Nicaragua and Membrillar, Peru. In the isolated high desert region of northern Nicaragua, the 70 family community of…

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Building Resilient Communities and Supporting Market Participation in the Bolivian Highlands

Written by Andrea Johnson, Green Empowerment Executive DirectorGreen Empowerment has worked in Bolivia since 2016 with partner, Practical Action. The majority of our projects, including our first project along Lake Titicaca, focus on renewable energy systems for productive end uses with indigenous communities. Bolivia is consistently ranked as the second or third poorest country in the…

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Solar Power for Clinics in Lay Kay Kaw

Written by Asia Regional Director, Gabe Wynn A mere two hours from the peaceful border town of Mae Sot lies the Karen refugee community of Lay Kay Kaw.In this and other Karen refugee villages, what many consider to be the basic staples of everyday life – electricity, clean water, and healthcare – are still considered…

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Founder’s Update: Sustainable Homes for the 21st Century

By Michael Royce, Green Empowerment Founder One of the things I like most about Green Empowerment is how family, friends and community have woven seamlessly into the organization’s fabric over the last twenty years. My father sat on the inaugural board, both he and my mother were major donors during life and in death, my wife,…

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Bringing Challenges to Light in Colombia: Project Update

This month, Ecuador Program Manager Sam Schlesinger ventured to Awá territory along the Colombia-Ecuador border, scouting sites for a potential PV solar project. He hiked through mountainous terrain with prospective local partners and indigenous leaders who hope to bring light to schools in six Awá communities. Basic services are limited in this area, in fact,…

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