SOS Disabled Children Care

Organization Name
Energy Efficiency
Proposed Investment
USD9,600 - Equity



Last Updated
Thu, 11/23/2017 - 09:50

The SOS Children's Village at Jorpati, just outside Kathmandu, provides a loving home to children with disabilities whose families can no longer care for them. SOS Children's Village is home to 42 children and 30 youth, plus 24 full-time staff and 35 volunteers. Five SOS families provide affection and specialized support for children, with brothers and sisters centered around an SOS mother. The village includes an in-house school that prepares the children to rejoin local schools when possible, with specialized classes for cognitive development and learning difficulties. They also have a pool for daily physical therapy sessions. Older boys and girls live in the SOS Youth Facility, where they learn to make the transition to adulthood. The 1.8 kW solar energy system at the SOS Children's Village will power computers, wireless routers, lights, and a refrigerator. Computer training is especially crucial for students who may have limited employment opportunities beyond school.
What problem are you trying to solve? Who has this problem?
Disabled children frequently do not attend school, either for financial reasons or because of a lack of accommodations in local schools. For families that are barely scraping by, one season of failed crops or a series of medical bills can be disastrous. Children with mental or physical disabilities in these settings often suffer health and emotional problems, illiteracy, and social marginalization. The project was initiated to overcome energy crisis situation i.e. during 15-16 hours of load-shedding, where children had to stay in the dark corner. Lack of basic utility like electricity, will affect the quality of service provided to the children. Unreliable energy (fuel) costs are soaring exponentially, making it difficult for faculty to operate the diesel generator.
Value Proposition
SunFarmer Nepal has installed 1.8 kWp solar energy and 300 Ah battery system, which will provide enough backup power for essential energy loads at SOS Children's Village. SunFarmer's model is to deliver reliable and affordable solar electricity: 1) SunFarmer designs and builds a high quality solar energy system for the customer. We partner with leading Nepali solar companies, and oversee the design and implementation of the solar system 2) Customer signs a Power Purchase Agreement: Customer agrees to pay for solar energy in affordable installments over several years through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contract 3) SunFarmer monitors the system to ensure it is generating electricity: During the term of the contract, the SunFarmer team ensures 2 scheduled routine maintenance visits each year, in addition to outage services related to materials and workmanship. At the end of the term, the system is handed over to the Customer, or the Customer continues a service contract at a revised rate.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 2.77 Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year.
  • Improves the health conditions of 72 people.
  • Out of the total number of beneficiaries of the project, 40 are women.

Maturity Level
  • Prototyping and Validation
  • Commercial Operations
  • Growth and Expansion