Solarized Homes to Improve & Nature Education
Following the successful completion of the SELF Development Program and the ASCEND Resiliency Program, off-grid Filipino communities are eligible for the SHINE Program, which aims to encourage students to do their homework, read and continue to learn after dark by installing solar systems directly in students’ homes. As part of the program, all participating households agree:
to plant a vegetable garden in order to combat childhood malnutrition
ensure that their children attend school and are actively engaged with their education
contribute to a community-organized maintenance fund.
Upon installation, families are given a one year solar stewardship and if they are compliant with their responsibilities during this time period, they are awarded permanent ownership of the system. FREED also provides maintenance training to community members to ensure the technical sustainability of all installed systems.