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The dream lives on

Intisar (right) and I standing with the latest design of the Solar Suitcase headed for a clinic in Northern Somalia

It has been a while since my last blog post, but in that time, the We Care Solar community has been growing and touching the lives of mothers around the world. It’s always amazing to meet people within the We Care Solar community, and last week I had the pleasure of meeting Intisar Ali, a native Somalian who took time off her job as a registered nurse in San Jose, CA to take a solar suitcase back to her community. She made a quick stop over in Nairobi and invited me into her home where we talked about our expectations, experiences and most importantly how we can get more community involvement and localization of the Solar Suitcase.

Older version of the solar suitcase

Latest Version | source: wecaresolar.org

I love observing evolution, and the evolution of We Care Solar has just been absolutely remarkable. It has been a little over a year and a half since I first met Laura and Hal in the backyard of their house assembling the solar suitcase that I would be bringing with me to Kenya. Now looking at the newer version that Intisar has with her, the solar suitcase has a cleaner design, greater efficiency and increased capacity.

And that’s not the only thing that has gotten a face lift. The website has a new look and feel. I especially love the interactive map where you can click and see what parts of the world solar suitcase systems are enhancing maternal health. And even more exciting news, We care solar will be featured on ABCs prime time news with Diane Sawyer on October 20th, as part of  ABC’s Million Moms Challenge. Check your local listings and be sure to tune in.

Can’t wait to see where the We Care Solar road leads!

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