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As 2016 drew to a close and BSB celebrated the completion of 21 schools in five years, plans were already made and funds raised for 2017. We are thrilled and grateful to report that planning and/or construction is underway for seven schools, all of which should be completed by the end of this calendar year. Together, these schools will serve more than 1,000 students per year. Over the projected 20-year life of each school, at this rate of enrollment, greater than 20,000 Burmese kids will learn in a safe environment.
This number applies just to the 2017 schools.

Your support and belief in the mission of BSB has made this possible. Thank you!

Construction in rural Myanmar can include boats to deliver materials, a makeshift ladder on the river bank, oxen, handmade bricks, and hand-dug foundations. Many villages provide labor as well as materials.

BSB has just launched an Indiegogo campaign to expand educational access in Myin Ka Kwin, a remote village in the Irrawaddy Delta. The new school adds 9th and 10th grades, which means that local children can complete a higher level of schooling at home instead of either dropping out of school or migrating to the city. Photographer/videographer Eitan Simanor brought this village to our attention and made a wonderful short video for our use. Click here to see the video and make your donation on the Indiegogo site.
An anonymous donor is matching every donation dollar for dollar -- your $25, $50 or $100 gift turns into $50, $100, or $200. Donate here
This young girl will finish her secondary education if we can build Myin Ka Kwin a new school building. 
The Power of Light
We’re pretty excited about our first solar energy project. Lights, computers and chargers in San Chuang Lay were switched on in June. BSB Advisory Board member Frank DeRosa, who is a renewable energy professional, spearheaded this project and recruited colleagues in the energy field to fund it. With 84% mobile data penetration in Myanmar, the missing piece for access to information and communication with the world beyond the village is power.
Sunlabob, an experienced solar contractor in Yangon, built the system. A 2.5kW array was installed on the BSB-built secondary school, and a 1kW array was installed on the government-built primary school. Both systems provide electricity for light, computers, phone charging and fans. Included is battery storage to provide power at night and when the sky is overcast.
A village committee will govern and maintain the systems with a trained technician managing the day-to-day operations.
BSB understands that while our schools’ primary purpose is educational access, the buildings can serve a larger purpose within the community. That’s why we include sanitary toilets and clean water, as well as encourage use after school hours for community meetings and projects. Adding a solar energy system dramatically expands the usefulness of the facility and creates unanticipated opportunities for the villagers.
BSB Country Manager Naing Naing Lin reports that the students and villagers are excited and grateful.
BSB is considering installing solar systems in remotely located schools as needed and as funding is available. 
Come rain or come shine, the power is on! Students and parents pose with the new solar panels.
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