SunFarmerÂ wasÂ already in NepalÂ when disaster struck in April. Now the energy nonprofit is doubling down on rebuilding theÂ earthquake-ravaged country.
SunFarmerÂ has created aÂ Relief and Reconstruction FundÂ to help provide resources â€”Â especially electricity â€”Â to the areaâ€™s most impacted by the two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April andÂ May. Together, the quakes claimed over 9,000 lives.
â€œThere were 1,100 health clinics destroyed in the earthquakes and they are going to be rebuilt,â€ said SunFarmer Director of Marketing and DevelopmentÂ Amanda Eller.Â â€œSome of them didnâ€™t have electricity to begin with, but the electricity really transforms the kind of healthcare they can provide.â€
The relief work in NepalÂ fits closely with SunFarmerâ€™s overall mission: providingÂ solar-powerÂ solutionsÂ in developing countries, specifically for hospitals, schools and small businesses.
Over the past four weeks, SunFarmer has focused on fundraising, collecting donations, bringing in goods from China and India and working withÂ various Nepalese partners, Eller said.
As of now, SunFarmerâ€™s main focus is to provide water and electricity, but itsÂ long-term goal revolves around improving the healthcare system.
The organization, whichÂ has locations in Toronto, Brooklyn and Nepal, is planning to add another developing country soon. But for now, Eller says the focus is on Nepal.
â€œWeâ€™ll choose our next country on where we can have long-term impact and not just where a disaster happens,â€ she said. â€œWe are planning on staying in Southeast Asia because we already have such a strong engineering team in Kathmandu and we want to be closer to them.â€
Additionally, SunFarmer is working on a monitoring device called Energy X. It can track information remotely to determine how much electricity is being generated, giving SunFarmer the ability to â€œreachâ€ areas that arenâ€™t easily accessible.
â€œIt transmits data via SMS like a text,â€ Eller said of the device, whichÂ wonÂ National Geographicâ€™sÂ 2015 Great Energy Challenge. â€œIn developing countries, everyone has cellphones now and SMS networks are very developed.â€
Originally from Technically Media