South Africa

Building upon the success of electrifying Myeka High School in Maphephethe, South Africa, SELF electrified three schools in the Eastern Cape Province through the implementation of solar photovoltaics.

Myeka High School

Four years later, with the help of SELF, Myeka High School was connected to the internet. This milestone alleviated the educational roadblocks of expensive and scarce textbooks and provided students with unlimited access to current studies in a range of topics.

Eastern Cape Province

Based upon the success of electrifying Myeka High School in Maphephethe, South Africa, SELF electrified three schools in the Eastern Cape Province, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, in 2008. The project funded by the Kellogg Foundation and JP Morgan Chase brought 2,000 students and their community access to reliable lighting, internet, and laptops that were provided by Dell Computers.

The objective of this project was to provide sustainable energy to a cluster of schools in the marginalized rural area or the Eastern Cape Province near Mthatha (Elliotdale). The computers and power generated by the solar installations were used to provide students with access to a modern education. The project also catalyzed community involvement and community training programs in informational and communications technology (ICT) by and for the community, which began in November 2008.


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Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 25 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rain forest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

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