Winged angels give solar power to disadvantaged kids
Three children’s charities in the Philippines recently received a gift that will keep on giving for decades to come: Canadian Solar PV systems. The systems will help all three charities significantly reduce their monthly electricity costs and were donated by Wings of Support, a charitable organization founded in 1998 by a KLM captain.
Today, Wings of Support is a large private initiative supported by employees of both KLM and MartinAir. Their objective is to help children in countries that their companies fly to and they focus on facilitating education, shelter and medical care. In this instance they funded solar systems at two orphanages and a charity school, all of which were installed at-cost by SolarNRG, one of the largest solar companies in the region.
Each of the charities received systems ranging from 3 kW to 5 kW and all featured Canadian Solar’s CS6P-P modules, world-renowned for their performance and reliability.
“It's always a pleasure to be involved in projects that make a difference to the communities in which we operate, especially where we are able to assist organizations doing such a great job of helping children in really difficult circumstances,” said Mike Consenheim, country manager of SolarNRG in the Phillipines.
The three charitable institutions that now enjoy the benefits of solar power and get to spend more of their resources on the children they help rather than electricity include:
Bahay Aurora was founded by a Dutch and Filipino couple to provide housing, food, and education to homeless street children and give them a much better chance at life.
Mango Tree House is run by the “Asian Students Christian Foundation” to provide a home for young people (aged between five and twenty) where they are fed, clothed, educated and, above all, loved in a large family type community.
Papaya Academy is a charity school that helps children found living on the Payatas Rubbish Dump. The goal of the academy is to break the vicious cycle of poverty these children are subject to and to provide them with the care and skills they need to make their way in the world.
These charities were not the only beneficiaries of the new solar installations. The environment wins too because the clean power generated by the three new systems is equivalent to the CO2 that would sequestrated by planting 5 500 trees.