In early February of 2018, TSO and its Burkina Faso partners, AMMP and La Source Nouvelle, installed solar panels and equipment at the schools and teachers’ residences of Yamané & Voho, completing the first phase of this solar project. The solar electricity is providing light to teachers and students, giving them the opportunity to work in the school after sunset, to use a computer and a projector and, possibly, to access to the Internet.

Yamané & Voho are villages in a remote part of Burkina Faso, West Africa with no direct access to electricity by around 3,500 people. The average monthly wage for residences is approximately US$20 per month and, currently, the main form of sustenance is crop and livestock farming. There is also some artisanal gold mining activity in the Voho area. There were no plans in the foreseeable future for Yamané and Voho to connect to Burkina’s national electricity grid. However, with TSO’s recent installation of solar electricity, Yamané and Voho students now have the potential to achieve better learning outcomes, such as higher course completion rates and improved performance on national examinations.

Please view our Yamané & Voho Solar Project video, documenting the installations.

In phase two of the project, two village youth will be selected to participate our “green” internship program in which they will learn how to install and maintain the solar electrical systems. We will also purchase portable solar lanterns for the school children to take home, giving them an affordable, safe and reliable source of home lighting to promote home study. If you would like to help, please donate.

This project was made possible by the generosity of Alberta donors, including The Rotary Club of Calgary South, The Rotary Club of Calgary Sarcee, the Government of Alberta’s Community Initiatives Program and individual donors to The Strongest Oak Foundation.