Project information

Solar Panels for Christmas

Running costs for our schools are a constant challenge. Solar panels at our school in Biga, Philippines, will drastically reduce our electricity costs and allow us to provide more places for children living in poverty and desperately in need of our help. Please help us with this project.

6 months

Charity information: World Villages For Children

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  • Need


    The project will help us to solve the operating cost of the school in Biga, Philippines. We estimate that over each year we will be able to save approximately £15,000 in electricity costs after solar panels are installed, currently we spend £100,000 on electricity per year. The reduction in these expenses will allow us to support more places for children living in poverty and in need of our care and the opportunity that is provided by a place at our school.


    Solar panels will drastically reduce the electricity expenditure. We have tested it in some of our other schools and it really works. The supplier has confirmed a discount and we are ready to start but we dont want to redirect our existing funds which are destined for our children. We need extra help for this project.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Purchasing solar panels of 100 KWH capacity for the Girstown in Biga, Philippines.


    » Online campaign via website and social media to raise funds from existing and new donors.

    What success will look like

    Once the solar panels are installed the Sisters of Mary will be able to demonstrate and quantify the saving in the electricity cost for the school.

  • Impact


    With the savings made in the cost of electricity at the school, new places can be funded for more children living in poverty. New children will have the chance of a brighter future free from poverty and once they graduate into employment they will be able to extend that support onto their families and communities. The result will be lasting change that profoundly and effectively transforms many more lives than those who experience the programmes firsthand.


    The biggest risk is around not receiving sufficient funding. However the project will not commence until the funds are secured and we will seek funding from a variety of sources over a longer time period to mitigate this risk. The project is also to be managed by a reputable contractor known to us and upon which considerable due diligence has been carried out.


    Writing to donors with photographic evidence of the stages of the project which will be provided by the Sisters of Mary and Project Manager. Site visits for donors will also be arranged at completion as per the recent inauguration of our building IV in Guatemala.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Solar Panels Solar Panels for Girlstown, Biga, Phillipines
  • Background


    The Sisters of Mary's Girlstown in Biga, Bo. Biga, Silang, 4118 Cavite, The Philippines. We have 3500 children in our care in this area who come from the most impoverished regions of the country. Where the poverty rate is rising as a result of the rapid increase in population and inequality in the distribution of income and where education and vocational skills can transform the chances of these children for a life free from poverty.


    Our education and vocational training transforms the lives of the children in our care. We provide them with skills relevant to local industries and when our children graduate they find good jobs and become independent, self sufficient adults. In time they are able to help their families and local communities by providing them with access to education and healthcare which then transforms their lives and raises them out of poverty.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The programmes of the Sisters of Mary are developed to be cost effective and sustainable. The programmes are similar in all the countries where we work and are a tried and tested model which ensures we care for those children who are most in need and provide them with relevant skills which will help them to secure a job. Our programmes optimise the use of our donors' funds.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sister Elena Belarmino

    Sister Elena will be project manager for the project in the Philippines and lead contact.