Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 18 - 2018 0 Comment

Huangjing Nursing Home is a rural nursing facility in the Hubei province in China that was a formally an abandoned school. There were more than 50 aging people living there when it operated at its peak. However, we recently learned that some of them could no longer afford the fee of $40 per person per month.

Xinmei Ye is the manager of this nursing home. She asked her husband and mother help her run the facility.  Consequently, managing business operations is difficult for them because there are only 28 seniors living there now.

Enter the Solar Lamp Project of FWOP.

Lamps provided through Flexiway Solar have helped children in Indonesia, Africa and Costa Rica.

So Dr. Li, a UNT professor and FWOP supporter, and her husband bought solar lamps for residents in this rural nursing home of China. Solar lamps were considered a novelty for residents in this nursing home and they were curious to learn how they worked. The lamps helped residents because the facility experiences power failure periodically. The seniors can use solar lamp to go to the restroom at night, read during evening hours, or simply enjoy the comfort of portable light.  Being solar, they are convenient and avoid buying expensive batteries.

We hope to continue sharing these Flexiway Solar Lamps with more communities that can benefit. To support these efforts or buy your own, visit

Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

An indirect route to build more sustainable communities through schools, is the thesis or question. Two of our partner schools in Guadalajara, Mexico are working to address this issue and build better communities. ( and ) One of those schools is SuBire, who in the last few years has demonstrated to parents and students how to create an “energy efficient” school–or by implication– energy efficient homes and businesses.

Solar panels atop subire

In 2013, they installed one hundred 250 watt solar panels, furthermore they installed another 100 panels in 2014 over the school’s parking lot. They estimate that 25% of the $5,000 monthly bill will be covered by solar power and that the system should be paid off in five years.

Solar panels atop school