Through the India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) with the support coming from the Indian Embassy in Indonesia sponsored five (5) grandmamas from Wadah Foundation communities in Eastern Indonesia to take part in the Training of Illiterate/Semi-Literate Rural Women on Solar Electrification and Rain Water Harvesting in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India.
In coordination with Barefoot College International (BCI) in India, Wadah Foundation and coordination with the local government of Talwai and Tasi Villages, Sub-district Lembur, Alor Regency and Koa Village, Sub-District Mollo Barat, TTS Regency, Nusa Tenggara Timur province selected five (5) grandmamas to take part in the aforesaid program. They are Leonora Maibila, Sara Kamesa, Meriana Mailani from Alor and Yohana Franklin and Ferderika Kune from Koa.
From more than a dozen candidates, Wadah Executive Director, Mrs. Retnaning Tyas together with Wadah Region III Coordinator, Florencia Mario Viera conducted the interview and selection. After completing all their travel requirements and documents all 5 candidates flew to Denpasar to apply for their Indian visa. After securing their visas, they proceeded to Jakarta to wait for their flights to Tilonia, India.
While in Jakarta, on 19 September 2018 accompanied by Wadah Executives all five (5) grandmamas paid a courtesy call to the Indian Ambassador H.E. Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr Prakash Gupta and Second Secretary Mr Ajit Singh. The visit and courtesy call was to introduce the participants and to bid their farewell before their flight the following day to join the 6-month training in India.
Barefoot College International (BCI) which is based in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India, is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Sanjit “Bunker” Roy in 1972. Barefoot College focuses on women and community empowerment programs in India and elsewhere in the world.
Illiterate and Semi-Illiterate Women learns Solar Electrification
This program which is conducted twice a year is a regular program sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and offered by the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India. Participants accepted to the program are women aged 35 years old and above, illiterate or semi-illiterate, with leadership potentials in leading the community empowerment program in their respective villages/communities that do not have access to electricity.
Wadah Foundation on the other hand conducts programs that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Clean and Affordable Energy and addressing Climate Change.