Solar Workshops Inaugurated in NTT

On 7 July 2015,  Solar Workshops were inaugurated in the villages of Pomat and Wuring Lembah in the district of Alok Barat and another workshop in the hamlet of Wolomude, Teka Iku Village in the district of Sikka, Maumere. These workshops are intended to be used for the assembly, repair and maintenance of solar panels that were installed in the said villages. Wadah Foundation and Yayasan Arsari Djojohadikusumo (YAD) collaborated in building the Solar workshop for these villages with the support of Al and Margaret Njoo.

The inauguration of the workshops were attended and officiated by Anie Djojohadikusumo, founder of Wadah Foundation, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, chairperson of YAD, Retnaning Tyas, chairperson of Wadah Foundation, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, H. E. Gurjit Singh and wife, Mrs. Neeru Singh, the regent of Sikka Mr. Yoseph Ansar Rera, Vice Regent Paolus Nong Susar and others. The villagers welcomed the visitors with various performances in each village where the workshops were inaugurated.

The next day, on 8 July 2015, another solar workshop was inaugurated in the village of Koa in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS). The Regent of TTS, NTT, Ir. Paul Victor Mella Rolland, Msi. attended the inauguration of the solar workshop in Koa Village, Mollo Barat District. This workshop would manage around 254 solar panels, which were installed in the village. The equipment and the components of the solar panels are imported from India. Also present at the inauguration was Chairman of Commission V of Indonesian Parliament, Fary Djemi Francis.

Anie Djojohadikusumo stated that she is hopeful that the installation of the solar electricity in these hamlets would improve the quality of local education, because now the children can study at night. “Back when there was no electricity, as soon as the evening fell, the children from this place had to stop studying. Electricity is very important because it would bring prosperity and welfare to the community. Villages with good electricity facilities tend to be more prosperous," said Anie.

Barefoot College in India had trained eight women from NTT for six months from 16 September 2013-14 March 2014 in Tilonia, Jaipur, India. The participants are all less-educated older women and they had been trained to assemble, maintain, and repair the panels for the use of their villages.