International Medical Corps received a $216,000 gift from Google.org, a part of internet mogul Google. Three thousand solar chargers were donated for the IMC medical and community health teams, which find themselves working in countries with cell phone coverage, but little to no electricity to enable use or ample charging of the cellular devices.
“Mobile phones are ubiquitous in the developing world today, but electricity is not,” said Nancy Aossey, President and CEO of International Medical Corps. “We are extremely grateful to Google for these solar chargers, which will greatly enhance communications for our field staff, especially those working in remote areas.”
The Solio solar chargers gather energy from the sun with small, foldable solar panels, but have the flexibility to also power up from a USB port and function as a wall charger. The chargers can supply power to over 3,200 mobile devices, which include cameras, GPS systems and phones while holding a charge for up to one year.