Enabling Solar Powered Projects in Haiti

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Everyone can do something to help Haiti (and other countries) to develop. Everyone includes people, as well as companies… even if they are small.

— Guest Post by Sebastiano Bertani, CEO Tanaza Wireless

Three years ago Filomondo ONLUS, an organization that helps organize collaborative projects like making community wells, started a water project in Haiti, in the Mawouj Village.

Mawouj (map) can be translated with Mare Rouge and means Red Sea. The earth there is red, and when it rains you can really see the red sea: there are rivers in the street coloured like blood. When it stops raining, people have to walk very far to get the water they drink.

When the company started the waterpipe project, in 2009, no one knew that some months later the Haiti earthquake would cripple the capital, Port au Prince.

Now, after 3 years, the water project is reality: water is flowing thanks to a photovoltaic array that uses only solar energy to pump every day 15,000 gallons (60,000 liters). Mawouj can finally enjoy tap water, giving children more time to study and increasing hygienic conditions.

Most important of all, the water project is an important milestone in the long-term process of creating the culture “public service”. This concept is the base to develop a civil country.

Sebastiano Bertani, CEO of Tanaza (Tanaza.com), helped Filomondo ONLUS during these three years, as volunteer. “Now”, he stated “it’s also time to do something as a company”.

According to him, even if Tanaza is a young company, it can do its part, leveraging their disruptive technology. While many Haitian people have smartphones… most of them don’t have money to pay for mobile internet.

“We think that we can help”, said the Tanaza CEO, and we will do it Tanaza’s way: we can provide for free our solution to cloud manage 3rd party Wi-Fi Access Points. Any Wi-Fi vendor is welcome to join the cause.”

“We think that they could leverage a Wi-Fi connection and that a free wireless infrastructure could be a second good milestone in the creation of public services, in their life and in their culture.”

With free Wi-Fi they could make low cost calls as well as use it to learn how to do things: knowledge is power and with that power they could change things. Imagine a local Haitian finding out how a pump works on Wikipedia, in order to repair it!

Three years ago people said that “having water in Mare Rouge was impossible”. Now there is water in Mare Rouge. Internet would be an other great tool.

More info about the water project here: www.facebook.com/Mawouj This website is being used to create a community around water, so that Haitian people living abroad (and everybody else) will be able to donate to keep the water flowing. If you see it, we’d appreciate your LIKE!

— Sebastiano Bertani

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 10:23 am .

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