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
The Strongest Oak (TSO) Foundation is an international non-profit organization that equips remote African villages with solar power and provides mentorship, internship opportunities, and financial support to disadvantaged African youth who have endured extreme adversity, such as war trauma or acute poverty. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TSO helps these youth (our “Oaks”) achieve life-changing personal, educational or professional goals, with the ultimate goal of them becoming financially self-sustaining.
The Challenges: TSO targets two key challenges: scarce access to electricity in Africa’s remote areas and too few career opportunities for its growing youth population.
Our Mission: TSO's mission is to help remote African schools and communities achieve long-term, sustainable development, and facilitate exciting career opportunities in clean energy for rural youth.
Our Program: Program TSO's program addresses the challenges by providing solar electricity to off-grid villages and “green” internships to promising youth.
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