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Light up Oecusse, Timor-Leste
Phase Two

Connecting d.light solar lamps with families in the isolated enclave of Oecusse, greatly reducing dependence on kerosene and increasing the range of activities that people can pursue at night.

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d.light S10 Solar lantern

d.light S10 has a multiple setting handle that can be adjusted as needed

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

d.light S250 Solar lantern

d.light S250 provides 10 times more light than a kerosene lantern

This project has been fully funded.
Thank you to all who contributed.

Problem: 

The isolated enclave of Oecusse, Timor-Leste is home to 64,000 people. Very few households have access to electricity and 92 percent of people rely on fuel powered lamps (mainly kerosene) for light. Kerosene is expensive, especially in remote communities where hunger and malnutrition are pressing problems. Without light at night people can't repair fishing nets, make handicrafts to sell, meet as a community, or study for school. Most household activities are done by women and children – darkness affects them the most. Worst of all, kerosene fumes make people ill and contribute to global warming.

How we can help: 

We are making d.light solar lights available to families in Oecusse to reduce dependence on kerosene. The solar lights save families money, as they no longer have to buy kerosene, and support greater productivity at night. We hope to ultimately reach every household in the enclave with safe, clean, bright solar light.

In the first phase of this project, we went with 300 d.light solar lanterns to Oecusse. There is a huge demand for more solar lights, so in this phase we are sending a further 745 solar lanterns, including the d.light S250 which also charges mobile phones.

Who we are helping: 

We're helping families in the mountainous, poverty-stricken enclave of Oecusse. Most people in Oecusse survive from subsistence agriculture and fishing, but the long dry season and scarce irrigation make it difficult to plant more than one crop each year. Located on the north coast of the island of Timor and surrounded on three sides by Indonesian territory, Oecusse is cut off from the rest of Timor-Leste. Owing to its isolation, people in Oecusse are usually the last to gain access to new innovations. 

Distribution: 

Our local partner, FEEO, has established a subsidised price for the solar lights by consulting with self help group members. The FEEO team will visit remote villages to introduce the technology, answer questions and share information about how to use and maintain the solar lights. People will then have the opportunity to buy the lights. People will also be able to buy the lights from the FEEO office in Pantemakassar, the main town in Oecusse.

Timeframe for implementation: 
December 2010 - May 2011
Reaching 3725 people
Local Partner Contribution: 

FEEO will provide the human resources to conduct awareness-raising, surveys, distribution and training for all activities.

Project Costs: 
Cost TypeCost DescriptionCost Unit AmountCost QuantityCost Amount
Product (S10)
Cost of the technology
$7.56
450
$3,402.00
Product (S250)
Cost of the technology
$21.94
245
$5,375.00
Assessment trip
Travel and related costs
$2,210.00
Training, baseline survey, and awareness raising
Car rental and staff costs
$1,300.00
Distribution
Car rental and staff costs
$480.00
Monitoring and oversight
Staff and travel costs
$3,560.00
Follow-up survey
Car rental and staff costs
$640.00
Documentation
Video and photo
$2,250.00
International shipping
$2,500.00
Local shipping
Dili-Oecusse
$500.00
Wire transfer fee
$45.00
2
$90.00
TOTAL
$23,101.00
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies we ship for this project.

Location

OE
Timor-Leste
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