Maw Kwee is a small rural village in Thailand along the Burmese border. With limited access to education in rural Karen State, Burma, students travel here to attend primary school. Some students have fled conflict and this is one of their only options for schooling outside the refugee camps. 115 students stay in dormitories next to the school and only have candles to use as light.
The Branch Foundation collaborated with Solbakken, our local partner organisation who work to empower communities along the Thai-Burma border by providing renewable energy and clean drinking water to schools, clinics, and community buildings. Together, we installed solar systems that provide lighting for the dormitory, teacher house, and kitchen. This has enabled the children to study in a safe environment and created local employment opportunities in regards to solar maintenance.