Flip the Switch or Who says you need to be able to read and write to be a solar engineer?

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I am sending you good vibes and energy and if you want to a hug. You deserve it!

I had lots of headlines for today’s post:

“Solar Mamas ~ These grannies are awesome”

“This is why western countries lose their power!”

“#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Flip the Switch”

“A new way of doing business is possible”

All of them tell you what I think about the documentary I am sharing with you today. It is called “Flip the Switch” and tells the story of Solar Mamas. Solar Mamas are women from developing countries who are willing to go to India to be trained as solar engineers by Barefoot College.

Barefoot College was created in 1972 in rural India to train women and give them a better chance in life. They developed the Barefoot Solar Project, which trains women from all over the developing world to become solar engineers. They are enabled to install and maintain solar panels and lamps and in turn, will train ten more women to be able to bring electricity to their villages.

How awesome are these women? They leave their families in Mexico, Zanzibar and wherever they hear from Barefoot College to go to India for 6 months to be trained. But what amazed me too is the involvement of an international law firm called Hogan Lowells who support the project. Their business idea is that you win when you support communties around the world. And also that it is a duty of those better off to help those who aren’t.

And I can’t get rid of the feeling that western societies with their reluctance to support developing countries are losing their grip on their world power. Because where do citizens of developing countries look to when it comes to who they want to become? To Britain and the US, who are giving less and less or to China who build their streets and India who trains their women?

Ah, I stop my babble. Please have a look at this brilliant documentary and make up your own mind.

Video credit: Barefoot College via YouTube

Please find out more about Barefoot College on their page.

Hogan Lovells describes their social responsibility here.

TRP wrote an article about the Solar Mamas.

More about the Solar Mamas and the Barefoot College in The Hindu

And there is also a film about a Solar Mama from Jordan

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!

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Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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