MMC contacted Engineo Green Energy Company, in Chiang Mai, to buy solar light sets rather than transport them from Canada. The solar light kits purchased in 2015 used a lithium battery. Over the year, 3 of the lithium batteries failed. This year they did not have any solar light kits with lithium batteries. Only kits with acid batteries were available. They agreed to supply the following 10 Watt Solar Kit for $150 CAD
The Abbot who founded the Monastery Education Centre was very grateful to MMC for coming to visit & bringing solar light sets to be installed in the classrooms & dormitories. Now the generator will be used less. There will be less funds spent on the purchase of fuel for the generator. His budget will have more funds to purchase necessary school books & training tools used by the teachers.
MMC was satisfied that the donation of solar light sets to this Education Centre gave them a “hand up”, not a “hand out”. The Monastery Education Centre is contributing a large part towards creating this healthy community.
The MMC team spent 2 days at Kawpan Lan instructing & assisting with the installation of 21 sets of solar lights for classrooms, library and dormitories. This allowed students to be able to study at night. It was exam time & the students were grateful for solar lights.
The families receiving the solar light sets were excited to be part of the installation & learning how to maintain their set. The neighbors liked to watch the process & the children were curious about the process & foreigner in their midst.