KAMPONG THOM PROVINCE, Cambodia – The Energy Efficiency Initiative (EEI), a solar project of ASSIST with Philips Lighting company, was completed after 2 fruitful years of encouraging the use of home solar products and solar street lights in Cambodia.
Through EEI, ASSIST and Philips worked to reduce the risks of fire, health, and financial problems caused by kerosene lamps commonly used in rural Cambodia by distributing solar lighting systems to rural families, conducting awareness sessions, and installing solar street lights.
The project reached more than 500 households from Chamnar Krom Commune, Nipich Commune, and Dorng Kambet Commune of Kampong Thom province. Two trainings were held for each Communes, including Project Ambassador trainings.
Participants from Philips, ASSIST, local authorities, local NGOs, project ambassadors, and beneficiaries joined to share the project’s final outcomes and encourage sustainable use and maintenance of the solar products in the project closing ceremony.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, Holywin Hul, project manager of ASSIST, said “we shall continue to look out so all our work will benefit the future.” She further evaluated that she is “We have gained huge satisfaction from all the project stakeholders. This gives us the strength to carry on with our work to increase the quality of life of the rural communities of Cambodia.”