Stefan Frey, a Swiss living in the very north of Madagascar has launched an initiative to electrify villages using wind turbines. The project was started in 2007 together with the Technical University of Antsiranana and the support of the elea foundation.

In 1993 Lorenzo Jumbo founded the Fundación Aliñambi near the capital Quito to get street kids off the street. The foundation includes a children’s home, an elementary school, a bakery, a small carpentry, a sewing room and 2’500 m² of farmland. With the exception of the school, all activities had to be stopped during the crisis of 2001.

The Centro Tata Esteban is a vocational school for the Quechua Indians in the Andes. The school is located in Tiraque in the province of Cochabamba at an altitude of 3’300m. It is the only vocational school in a vast area where 23’000 people live.

The Jequitinhonha valley in the North of the federal state Minas Gerais is one of the poorest regions in Brazil. A large part of the population survives as farmers, living of subsistence farming with an income under the poverty line. Because there are only few schools for higher education in the area and the ones that there are do not offer any practical education, many sons and daughters of small farmers do not stay at school after basic education, but instead hire themselves out as cheap laborers. In the project «Agricultural school in Veredinha» sons and daughters of local farmers have the opportunity to enjoy higher education in their native region.

After a trip to Ethiopia in January 2011, Fontana Foundation decided to help the schools of the Adwa District in the very north of Ethiopia to reach a predefined minimal standard and thus improve their learning environment. This standard covers 7 areas: basic school furniture, availability of water and drinking water, separated latrines for girls and boys, sufficient teaching material and even a garden with vegetables and fruit trees for practical training.

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