Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Dates of Trip: January 17, 2011
Status: Current Trip

Papua New Guinea Solar Good Will Trip:

Our next SolarGoodWill.org trip will be to Goroka, Papua New Guinea in Asia. Brian Clark will be traveling to this remote area with donated solar cells and collecting most other supplies from the local markets.

The workshop runs from January 17th to the 28th, 2011 and is an intensive instructional course on the construction and maintenance of solar panel systems.

The scope of this project is to provide a workshop on how to build DIY solar panels and install them within the village.  The goal is to provide the knowledge so the locals can later build and install additional solar  systems by themselves.

The trip to and from Goroka is incredibly time consuming. Since we’re traveling from Hawaii, a total of five flights each way is required.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse countries, encompassing over 850 indigenous languages, and a plethora of cultures.  The city of Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.  Situated 1600 meters above sea level and populated by a mere 19,000 people.

A third of the country lives on just $1.25 USD a day, and most live in extreme poverty. This is a great chance to give them electricity which they normally wouldn't have.  With electricity the quality of life, education and commerce improve affecting thousands of people in this area.