Global Peace Development is a community-based development program that is committed to fostering family self-reliance in the communities in which it works. GPD’s work includes workshops, trainings and enterprise development to promote education, health, economic development and security. These interventions are an effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence and establishing vibrant communities.
Global Peace Development (GPD) began as a solar lamp and street light distribution program, and has now developed into a community-based development model promoting self-reliance on the family and community levels. GPD’s approach to community development is thus much broader than the introduction of solar energy alone. GPD works with communities on an on-going basis to support their own efforts to flourish and to be sustainable.
The All Lights Village Program
All-Lights Village (ALV) is a long-term community development program of Global Peace Development. The project combines solar technology with clean water solutions, education, income generation and public-private partnerships to improve the overall quality of life in measurable ways.
The introduction of solar energy has a significant impact on the quality of life in impoverished communities. Access to a clean, dependable light source in the hours of darkness results in improvements in security, education, business, and health. When solar lights are introduced as part of a comprehensive effort to foster self-reliance on the family level, that impact is magnified and community resilience is enhanced.
ALV works with communities in developing nations to identify development priorities and the ways on which solar energy can best be utilized to address those priorities. To that end it seeks to raise self-reliant owners of local communities supported by international donors motivated by the same vision.