The Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) solar-powered lighting systems have been installed in 108 homes not connected to electricity at Quelicai in the Baucau district of East Timor.
CNEFP and Natiles, ATA partner organisations in East Timor, installed the lighting and USB charging in two villages – Abafala, where 38 systems were put in and two technicians trained, and Macalaco, where 70 systems were put in and two technicians trained. The work was done between July 31 and August 7.
It was only possible thanks to the generous support of ATA members and stakeholders and UK Aid during the Light Up Quelicai crowdfunding campaign in February, 2017.
Kate Greenwood, ATA’s international projects manager, said she was very pleased that everything had run smoothly.
“It all went really well, and we are very thankful to our partners at CNEFP and Natiles,” Ms Greenwood said.
“It’s a tribute also to UK Aid and all the people who supported our Light Up Quelicai fundraising push earlier this year.”
Since 2003, more than 2000-solar-powered lighting systems have been installed in homes, community centres, schools and hospitals in remote regions of East Timor by the ATA and its partner organisations.