Since 2003, the ATA’s International Projects Group has installed thousands of solar power systems across East Timor. These systems help to empower the country’s poorest rural communities.
We need your help as we raise funds to install solar-powered lighting in 212 homes in the villages of Quelicai, one of the least-developed areas of East Timor and one not supported by an active Friendship group.
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With ATA’s village lighting systems, families have access to electricity at home for the first time – children can read at night and parents can be productive after-hours.
Each village lighting system supplies three internal lights, an external safety light and mobile charger for a household. Local technicians are trained and a community-managed maintenance fund established to ensure ongoing maintenance of systems.
East Timor’s Renewable Energy Department has endorsed the ATA’s Village Lighting Scheme and in 2015 nominated an additional 2578 homes in the most isolated areas of the country for the installation of solar-powered lighting and training of local technicians.
A few quotes from people in East Timor who have benefited from solar-powered lighting:
“Life is better – my family is safer. The children can study at night and their eyes don’t hurt anymore while they study.”
“It has changed our life – it is new life.”
Click here to learn more about the ATA’s village lighting work in East Timor.