Light up - Narrow The Gap Community Program
1. Organization introduction
- Name: Frogsleap Foundation
- Established year: 2011
- Address: 50/125 Vo Truong Toan, Ward 15, District 5, HCMC
- Representative: Nguyen Huu Sy
- Title: CEO

2. Project proposal:
- Location:
+ Ma Da commune, Vinh Cuu district, Dong Nai province
+ Da Quyn commune, Duc Trong district, Lam Dong province
- Implementation period: 1/9/2019 - 1/5/2020
- To achieve SDGs:
+ Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Project Beneficiaries:
- Regarding Ma Da situation: The direct beneficiaries are 26 households without electricity in Hamlet 2, 3 and 4, in Ma Da commune, Vinh Cuu district, Dong Nai province. Most of them are of working age, but because they have no household registration, they can only do heavy-duty, low-wage common jobs, such as working for mango garden owners or fishing on Tri An lake. In addition, the children of these workers are also deserving beneficiaries. The project also directly targets the elderly, especially in Hamlet 2, 90% of households without electricity are lonely old people.
- Indirect beneficiaries of the project are people around the project area, neighbors or distant relatives of direct beneficiaries, estimated to be up to 1500 people. The age group of this target group is also varied from children to the elderly. In addition, the Ma Da Nature Reserve Management Board and the authorities of Ma Da commune, Vinh Cuu district in particular and Dong Nai province in general also become indirect beneficiaries when they will no longer have to worry about the problem of electricity shortage.

Challenges in the beneficiary community:
- Community belongs to one of the poor communes of Dong Nai province with the proportion of Cambodian overseas Vietnamese (accounting for 35-40%), without identification, so they face many difficulties in living and working in production. They commonly have no birth certificate, so cannot access formal study. They frequently do no have access to evening light sources and so the learning environment is poor as well.
- Hamlets 2, 3, 4 are located deep in old forests, so it is difficult to access basic needs such as electricity and water, in addition to basic welfare such as clinics, Ma Da market, schools, post offices , People's Committee, mostly concentrated in Hamlet 1 (Hamlet 1 is 10km from Hamlet 2; Hamlet 1 is 18km from Hamlet 3; Hamlet 1 is 21km from Hamlet)
- The whole area has no national grid, in which 95% of households have installed solar batteries thanks to more stable economic conditions, support from local authorities, ... In the commune area, solar street lights have been provided, but many columns have been damaged and cannot be used.
- Water is taken from dug wells or pumped directly from Tri An lake for use. However, due to lack of electricity, pumping water is also a difficulty.
- Challenges faced by the community in Lam Dong, Đa Quyn:
+ The commune contains 18% 'near-poor' households and 'poor' households accounting for 10%. The people are mainly ethnic minorities (the Chin and Chu-ru people account for 60%), most of them work as hired labor, grow rice and coffee. Thus, the economy is unstable and they cannot afford electricity and install solar batteries.
+ At present, there are 12 households that have not been connected to the national electricity, mainly use oil lamps for lighting; some households have solar panels but they do not use it enough; Some households have to use generators, but engines break and elecrticity is lost. Some households still have to use "ké" with other households with electricity.
+ Children are encouraged to go to school but only finish primary school. They assist their parents in day-time, so only have evening time to study under the kerosene lamp, which damages their eyesight.
+ Water is often dug by the wells of each house (about 10m), but the cleanliness of the water is not guaranteed.

Project activities:
- The project plans to install 44 solar battery systems, of which 26 systems will be installed in Ma Da commune (hamlet 2,3,4) in Vinh Cuu district, Dong Nai province and 18 systems in Da Quyn commune. Duc Trong district, Lam Dong province. The project is applying for funding 16 systems from SJI Singapore High School for Ma Da commune and applying for the community support fund AVIVA 7 systems for Da Quyn commune.
- The project intends to spend 150,000,000 VND from RNKC fund for the remaining 21 battery systems
- Organize 4 communication programs on Renewable Energy, training local engineers to solve local problems.

Long-term goal:
- People maintain proper awareness and habits of efficient and economic use of solar energy products.
- Spreading the benefits that the solar cell system can bring not only to those who do not have electricity but also to those who have electricity in neighboring areas.
- Provide electricity and clean light to serve the daily needs of local people.
- Helping people to have proper awareness of solar batteries, know how to install, use and maintain the battery system.
- Reduce fuel costs and maintain maintenance for small oil-powered generators.

Short-term goal:
- Provide electricity and clean light to serve the daily needs of local people.
- Helping people to have proper awareness of solar batteries, know how to install, use and maintain the battery system.
- Reduce fuel costs and maintain maintenance for small oil-powered generators.
+ 44 households in Da Quyn and Ma Da communes are equipped with solar energy system, including batteries, batteries, controllers, fans and lights for each household.
+ People have electricity to use for daily needs.
+ Over 800 local people were trained on how to install and maintain the battery system.
+ Changing the regional people's thinking about renewable energy, proving them that the renewable energy model is very simple and self-installing.
- Solar battery system and LED light are stable:
+ 21 households have 21 sets of solar batteries and 21 LEDs fully installed
+ 21 charging indicators on the charging controller and 21 LED bulbs
- Local people can install, use and maintain the equipment by themselves:
+ 100% of the people from 21 households know how to install and use the solar battery system effectively
- Local engineer team with basic knowledge and good working
+ 100% of team members are skilled in installing, handling fail situations and communicating how to use the system effectively to local people

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