The goal of TSO's Solar Energy Program is to equip schools in remote communities (currently just in Burkina Faso) with solar panels, thereby providing them safe, clean and reliable lighting and electricity. TSO will also provide solar lanterns to loan to students and teachers and storage lockers for the safe-keeping of the lanterns. This extends the learning hours of teachers and students and gives them the opportunity to use computers and projectors and, possibly, access to the Internet (TBD). Ultimately, our goal is to improve the students’ academic achievements, as well as the teachers’ job satisfaction.
As part of this program, we are offering "green" internships to local youth. The youth is trained as a solar energy technician and is responsible for maintaining the solar installation in the school. The ultimate goal is to set the youth on the path of a meaningful and stable career.
After the successful completion of the Heredougou School solar energy project, planning (including fundraising) for the Kopoï School Project is underway. The project will be modeled on the Heredougou project and is expected to begin in March of 2017. The town of Kopoï is in the Pa Department of Bale Province, Burkina Faso.
"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."
— Napoleon Hill
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TSO helps extraordinary youth (our “Oaks”) achieve life-changing personal, educational or professional goals, with the ultimate goal of becoming financially self-sustaining. TSO offers financial support to our Oaks for post-secondary education or vocational training.
To bolster their chances for success, we also sponsor part-time internships in partnership with local employers; these employers provide our Oaks with the practical work experience required to secure a future job or to launch a small business or social venture. In 2016, TSO began to deliver solar power to remote African schools, which provides the unique opportunity to offer “green” internships to Oaks seeking careers in clean energy. These projects not only benefit our Oaks but also bring electricity to economically-challenged communities. For all internships, TSO mentors (Oak Leaders) help ensure the Oaks stay on track with their goals and on-budget with their financial supporters.
We currently operate in Rwanda, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, but also support Oaks from the DR Congo.
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