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In Britain it's easy to take electricity for granted - it's always available at the flick of a switch.

In some other parts of the world, people don't have guaranteed access to a ready supply of electricity.

Thanks to a special project started four years ago, children in Porvenir, Bolivia - a remote village in the Amazon rainforest – now have access to a good electricity supply. They can light up their school and basketball court at night and power their new computer room during the day.

The electricity comes from a special solar-powered unit.

Teenage volunteers from a school in the city of Santa Cruz joined adult representatives from SolarQuest's 'Team Bolivia' to travel to Porvenir and set it up.

Lizie Amaya, one of the students, found everyone keen to get involved:

'The comradeship and solidarity are something that characterized our project. From the moment the work started, we all made close friends and the community all joined in to work.'

One of the students, Javier 'Chichi' Leon, returned to the village on his own initiative to help upgrade the computer system.

Thanks to the efforts of all the students, the school children of Porvenir can now tell the world about themselves, their community and their use of solar power.


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Amazon rainforest
Amazon rainforest

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Installing solar panels

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