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Vision and Mission

Sawayra is a humanitarian, non-profit, 501c(3) charity registered in Texas, United States. It was founded by a group of American citizens committed to social uplift and improved quality of life via engagement at the grassroots level. Our Federal Tax ID is 81-1138361. Sawayra targets basic necessities such as electricity, water, waste disposal and recycling, using low-cost, distributed solutions. Most of the communities we currently work with are in developing countries. As part of our mission to maximize quality of life, technical details for all our projects will be published online (open-source). Instead of relying on large projects that require significant capital investments, infrastructure and centralized management, we take a bottoms-up approach grounded in local ownership, social entrepreneurship and civic pride at the household and community level. Moreover, education and empowerment is key to combating corruption rampant in many developing countries … unless people believe they are participating in transformational changes, a myopic approach can stall the pace of improvements.

Sawayra’s vision is to help communities develop their local ecospace that brings together energy, water and waste recycling into environmentally sustainable frameworks.

Roadmap

De-centralized or distributed solutions are key to achieving self-sufficiency at the local level. Starting from simple projects, we intend to scale up over time. All solutions will be open-source to maximize adoption. Where possible, we want to couple technologies to promote synergies and enhance sustainability. For example, solar power can not only provide electricity but also help condense moisture in the air and provide water to households for drinking, cooking and growing vegetables. Another example is to use organic waste to provide biomass energy – tackling both hygiene issues/cleanliness and need for electricity at the same time.

In summary, Sawayra has three fundamental initiatives:

  1. Provide Electricity (and heat)
  2. Provide Clean Water
  3. Promote Cleanliness and Hygiene

In order to accomplish above initiatives, we are currently focused on four projects:

  1. Solar power for non-profit facilities providing humanitarian service, such as hospitals working in remote areas
  2. Low cost water filtration to remove bacteria, protozoa and turbidity for drinking water
  3. Solar powered atmospheric water generator – dehumidifier run using a rechargeable battery condenses moisture in the air (to be used for drinking/cooking)
  4. Home solar kit – Most people live in one or two room housing. We want to use solar power and battery to provide electricity 24/7 in one room

Mentoring and Internship

We have five interns from University of Houston and thirteen interns for NED in Karachi working on these projects. This is a tremendous development opportunity for the interns, teaching them about sustainable living, and also promoting the use of technology to alleviate suffering. And while our internships are unpaid, we try to organize field visits, meetings with vendors, working with hospitals and labs to help the interns gain valuable experience. We do cover out of ordinary transportation costs. If you are interested in being a Sawayra intern, please contact us at info@sawayra.org.

Multi-year Plan

Being a new, but passionate non-profit, we have laid out a multi-phased approach towards implementing social uplift projects focused on using renewable technology:

Phase 1: Implement a handful of small scale, pilot projects using “off-the shelf” technology and methodology. This will be evaluated and based on local needs and socio-economic constraints. The intent is to raise awareness about local empowerment and participation, as well as gain valuable experience on the ground in poor and rural communities.

Timeline: Immediate to within twelve (12) months.

Phase 2: Drive the next set of projects in a fashion that promotes local technology development, assembly, and service. The intent now is to help improve local infrastructure and the job market. It will become necessary at this stage to establish partnerships with local companies, governmental and educational organizations, tapping into use of micro-financing and social entrepreneurship models.

Timeline: Twelve (12) to Thirty-Six (36) months.

Phase 3: At this stage, the intent is to locally manufacture select technology bricks and establish an indigenous supply chain, distribution, and service network. We also want to promote sustainable eco space with cross-synergies to minimize waste and urban blight. At this point, the intent is have a more meaningful impact on local employment and improve small business ownership.

Timeline: Four (4) to Seven (7) years.

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