Solar power is being installed in more and more SOS Children’s Villages. Where it can be used, projects to harness the suns rays provide access to free, sustainable and reliable energy. This is particularly beneficial in developing countries, where the electricity supply is often unreliable. Where power supplies are variable, everyday life is disrupted for all those who live in or are supported by the Children’s Village. Expensive fuel generators often have to be used to cope, but the maintenance and running of these take valuable resources away from the Village itself.
In SOS Children’s Village Tirupati, solar street lighting will be installed, giving security to the residents and allowing activities to continue normally in non-daylight hours. Pinsent Masons, a multi-national law firm, and the Pinsent Masons Foundation are long-term supporters of SOS Children and are fully behind the project. Corporate Responsibility Manager Kate Fergusson says
“We’ve supported SOS Children since 2008 because of the fantastic work they do for vulnerable children and families globally, and because of our strong commitment to making a positive difference wherever we work. Last year we helped install solar generators in another Children’s Village in India, Greenfields, which is home to 260 children. This year we can see that efficient and reliable street lighting is going to be essential for the new Children’s Village in Tirupati to operate effectively and have the impact it needs to have.”
In the Chittoor district of India, poverty is widespread. Many children start work at an early age to support their families, or are left behind by parents who migrate to find a better life. SOS Children’s Village Tirupati will become home to 120 of the most vulnerable children and the hub of SOS Children’s Family Strengthening Programmes in the Chittoor area. The Family Strengthening Programmes will provide educational and health services as well as vocational training, counselling and job placements; all aimed at giving families better prospects, essential support, and helping the community thrive. The new Children’s Village is scheduled for completion in February / March 2012.
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