I started Rays4Hope in the summer of 2019 because of a passion and fascination for renewable energy. In July, I interned at the NOOR Ouarzazate solar plant in Ouarzazate, Morocco and went on a service trip to a nearby village that recently electrified via an interconnection with the plant. I interviewed two families and was blown away that energy changed these family's lives so dramatically. Not only did it help them cook and study, but it helped them thrive. I was so inspired that I wanted to create an initiative that brought energy on a micro-scale through PV solar panels.
After returning, I immediately called my uncle in Bangladesh and introduced him to the initiative. Within two months, we installed 5 panels, which have completely changed the lives of villagers, and we haven't looked back since. Currently, we have 46 solar panels in Bangladesh and 9 in Ghana. Our next goal is to start installing panels in Madagascar. Our team has also grown to 19 world- wide members and many partners.
I am so fortunate that I have found the intersection between my passion for renewable energy and my passion for outreach. This is just where the story starts. Equipped with a knowledgable team and extensive energy infrastructure, the organization is ready to make sizable change in developing regions and bringing the coveted resource of electricity to those in need.
-- Saif Nasr