Off-grid Solutions Project
Myanmar Activity Overview
Contribution to the improvement of lives and education with photovoltaic power generation systems and lighting
Baingbin Senna Village, Ayeyawady Region
The village has a population of 1,845. Although the government has been undertaking electrification projects, the residents will have no access to electricity for at least five more years since the village is located in a remote area. 95% of the population are engaged in agriculture, with their income coming mainly from the double cropping of rice and beans. The schools in this village aim to achieve a high school enrollment rate of 40%.
A farming village as the children's future
Though situated in one of the world's best rice-growing regions spreading around the lower reaches of the Ayeyarwady River, two-thirds of the people are farmers without land who work as day laborers in agriculture, with an average annual income of 100,000 yen. Although there weren’t any high school in the local area, a school was built in the center of the village in 2016 with the aid of the Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation (ARTIC).Among the six villages where schools were built in the same year, this village was the quickest to raise the necessary funds from residents, showing a significant awareness of self-support.
Achievement at school has the potential to change how people live.
Efforts are being made to increase the rate of enrollment in advanced schools of this school from the current 14% to 50%.The village's high school is aiming at a rate of 50%. In the big city of Yangon, students wishing to go to university usually go to cram schools. With no access to such schools in the village, being able to revise at night is a major help to pass the entrance exam for high school. In addition to lighting up dark classrooms to help improve children’s education, measures are being sought to utilize electricity in the village’s industries such as the production and sales of ice cream bars and the renting of solar storage systems.
* This Power supply station (Power supply container) was discontinued in March 2019. So currently we cannot supply and donate it. Thank you for your understanding.