We did it!

After months of fund-raising, pestering some very patient people with lots of technical questions, and of course praying, I am proud to announce that Project Rive is finally receiving full power.

With the 135 watt solar panel we can collect more than enough to charge the computers twice each day, and the battery allows us to store power so clouds don’t disrupt classes. We can even add a light to our classroom so the learning doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, extremely important considering that both our students and teachers are in school through most of the afternoon.

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Robenson next to the solar stand he built for charging the XOs

These changes mean 40 students instead of 20 will be enrolled in our computer course. It also means we can give learners access in other ways. Students from the school next door can use resources like our copies of Wikipedia to do research for class projects. Kids who have already graduated after three months of computer classes can still use the laptops for projects and more advanced instruction. We’re also recruiting graduates to help the teachers with the new groups of students.

The teachers are really excited – they’ve been asking me for more power for a long time and now that they’ve got it they’re going to “change their strategy” to make sure all that extra electricity gets used to make things bigger and better for Ansapit.

Stay tuned for more about how we’re growing. Thanks so much for the support that helped us get here.

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