The Barefoot College and Bishop Elias Taban were recipients of the Clinton Global Service Award in 2013. Their meeting kicked off an extraordinary partnership that has culminated with expanding the Barefoot experience into Africa. Each of the five training centres will replicate Tilonia’s Barefoot College.
Barefoot International is working with 17 different countries in Latin America. The first 70 solar engineers have already brought light to more than 11,000 people.
The centre will train women from Burkina Faso and the surrounding countries including Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Ghana
Bunker Roy is working directly with ground partners to open the centre and accomodate higher than expected demand.
The centre will train women from Senegal and the surrounding region, the Gambia, Guinea and Mauritania.
Working with Bishop Elias Taban, the regional centre will train 48 solar engineers over two years and solar electrify 2,400 households in Yei and Lainya Counties of South Sudan.
New centers in Latin America and the Pacific Islands are in development. Guatemala's regional centre is set to open this year.
We’re charting a course for expansion to ALL of the Least Developed Countries. It starts with Barefoot Regional Training Centres across Africa:
Training and quality of life improvements for solar engineers and Master Trainers in health, safety, education and security
Families contribute to a sustainable environment, with 5.0 Gigawatts of clean energy generated to reduce carbon emissions from kerosene consumption
The impact of direct training and services ripples out, giving communities access to clean water and safe, reliable energy