Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project name:

Capacity building and technical training for local youth

Project location: 

Panama

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building

Within the framework of the AES Colón project, the AES team implemented the “Preparandome con Energia” program to develop technical skills, improve the living conditions and increase access to better opportunities for local youth.

To acheive these goals, the team signed an agreement with the Technological University of Panama, Colón regional office, and developed four training modules in mechanics, electricity, welding and instrumentation and control. Each module lasts approximately three months with hands-on-learning classes provided three times per week.

To support the participation and commitment of the students, AES Colón granted scholarships to cover mobilization expenses to the University and provided training on AES values and working safely.

Impact:

More than 120 young students from the province of Colón

Partners:

Technological University, Colón regional office

AES Mujer

Project name:

AES Mujer

Project location: 

El Salvador

Sub-focus area: 

Diversity & Inclusion

Since 2013, we have generated opportunities for inclusive and sustainable economic development work in two areas. The EMPRETEC workshops, a United Nations entrepreneurship program, are provided to female relatives of AES people and help participants develop skills and knowledge to start their own businesses. Additionally, through residential electrical installation courses, we provide formal training on how to implement reliable electrical installations.

AES Mujer has enabled the strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture and the consolidation of the entrepreneurial, competitive and productive skills of hundreds of Salvadoran women.

Impact:

491 women have participated in these programs

Partners:

FUNDEMAS: Business Foundation for Social Action

CIUDAD MUJER: program through the Ministry of Local Development

Strengthening innovative entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic

Project name:

Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship

Project location: 

Dominican Republic

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

The AES Dominicana Foundation and The Trust for the Americas, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), have partnered for the “Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship” program to promote and incentivize local entrepreneurship in the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, Quisqueya, Bancos de Arena and la Malena in the Dominican Republic.

More than 150 entrepreneurs spent two months training and studying the Canvas Business Model and acquired tools to strengthen their business concepts. The project includes an entrepreneurial fair where participants compete for funds by presenting their business plan for the development or expansion of their business. The plans are evaluated by a panel of judges on various criteria, including financial viability, sustainability, creativity, innovation, and coherence of their business model.

By increasing entrepreneurial skills within the people of the region, the project will contribute to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the local communities.

Impact:

200+ participants 

Partners:

The Trust for the Americas, Fundacion AES Dominicana, local chambers of commerce, and the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, and Quisqueya

#MujeresConEnergía

Project name:

#MujeresConEnergía

Project location: 

Colombia

Sub-focus area: 

Diversity & Inclusion

To promote gender equality in the organization, AES Colombia hired 111 women for the construction of the Parque Castilla Solar project, to work in various technical, operational and administrative roles during the construction process. This is part of the successful #MujeresConEnergía campaign that was started 6 years ago to hire women across the operations and maintenance of Chivor. Today the company has women in both technical and administrative areas, from entry-level positions to management. AES Colombia also promotes the incorporation of female interns, apprentices and temporary employees in its operation, seeking new talents in technical areas of the electricity sector as well as industrial security, treasury, accounting, management and performance, among other areas.

With the challenge of # MujeresConEnergía, AES Colombia has implemented different initiatives to raise awareness of the value of equity within companies, yielding positive results directly related to saving and effective management of resources, empathy with communities and problems with solutions efficient.

Impact:

More than 200 women

Partners:

Aequales, PAR Community

Maintenance of roads and bridges in Colombia

Project name:

Investing in Local Infrastructure

Project location: 

Colombia

Sub-focus area: 

Infrastructure

Taking into account the precarious state of roads and bridges in the region, AES supports the maintenance of roads and bridges through a joint effort with local municipalities and leaders in the communities where we operate.

In this way, we improve mobility of the local communities, supporting better access to education, commercial and health services in the area. Once the projects are completed, community leaders manage the execution and diligent application of investments.

Impact:

11 projects undergone beneficiating more than 5000 people.

Partners:

A strategic alliance has been created with the municipal administration, the local social and community leaders and AES.

Cantos de Leitura Program

Project name:

Cantos de Leitura Program

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Culture

The Cantos de Leitura Program included the implementation, renovations and adaptations of reading rooms in public schools, book donations and training for various educators on how to best use the reading rooms.

Impact:

Since 2019 the program has benefited 2,628 students and 7 public schools in 7 cities of São Paulo, Brazil

Partners:

Municipal Department of Education, Municipal Department of Culture part of Ministry of Citizenship and Rede Educare 

Pulsar program

Project name:

Pulsar Program

Project location: 

Brazil 

Sub-focus area: 

Education

The Pulsar Program offers workshops to public technical schools and is focused on three pillars: entrepreneurship, sustainability and sustainable development goals, and energy.

The workshops offer technical support to young people to build projects that solve real problems related to energy.  At the end of the program, students participate in a Demo Day where they present their ideas to an examining board, which evaluates and presents awards to the best ideas.

Impact:

Since 2018 the program has benefited 400 students in 10 cities within the São Paulo and Bahia regions of Brazil

Partners:

Centro Paula Souza, part of São Paulo State Government and Impact Hub São Paulo

 

Sustainable and specialty coffee and cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project name:

Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa in the Tenza Valley

Project location: 

Colombia 

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Colombia is the largest producer of mild coffee and one of the few countries that produces fine cocoa worldwide. The Esmeralda Reservoir located in the Tenza Valley is surrounded by optimal areas for coffee and cocoa crops that historically have not been used properly, and whose potential had been unrealized.  

The Sustainable and Specialty Coffee and Cocoa programs develops high quality and high value products through sustainable agroforestry systems while simultaneously promoting the conservation of biodiversity, the protection of water resources and the strengthening of social structures to support new generations in the region. 

By partnering and sharing knowledge with coffee and cocoa producers, AES Colombia is empowering local producers and improving community knowledge, skills, attitude, and motivation for the management of crops.  

Impact

More than 102 coffee producing families and 43 cocoa producers have benefited

About 10,000 coffee seedlings were planted for renewing the coffee plantations in the municipalities of Garagoa and Sutantenza.   

Partners:

AES Colombia formed a strategic alliance with the Colombian NGO SELVA and 9 trade associations in a joint effort with the municipal mayors and government departments of Macanal, Garagoa, Almeida, Somondoco and Guayatá, the environmental corporation – Corpochivor, the national federations of coffee and cocoa growers and the Colombian National Institution for Technical Learning – SENA, Agrosavia and Corpoica among others.  

Through the development of centralized processes and the improvement of the quality of the grain, the project aims to develop specialty coffee and cocoa to conquer specialized market niches and increase profitability. With better market prices, producers can afford the costs of managing their crops, receive a wage payment and still obtain profits for other needs. Additionally, a mechanism of adaptation to climate change, was used for both programs to ensure better income in the long-term for the local coffee and cocoa farming families as well as more sustainable productive chains over time. 

Youth center in Galabovo

Project name:

Youth Center in Galabovo

Project location: 

Bulgaria 

Sub-focus area: 

Sports and Recreation 

The renovation of the youth center in Galabovo is the biggest public-private partnership in the municipality. The complex is located within the park of Galabovo, between the local stadium, Sizliyka river and the round junction. AES Bulgaria completed renovated the outdated, existing buiding and landscaped the local park. Within the youth center, there is a summer stage, open space stage, playground, library, fitness center and an outdoor exhibition. This project took 18 months to complete and today is considered the most attractive place for sports and recreation in the area.

Impact

8000+ people that live in Galabovo

Partners:

The Municipality of Galabovo 

DP&L Foundation Power Grants

Project name:

DP&L Foundation Power Grants 

Project location: 

Ohio, US  

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

Power Grants are strategic investments aimed at local partner organizations supporting new or continued innovative growth initiatives that will make a long-lasting impact on the people and communities in the Dayton Region. Collectively, these projects are transforming the landscape of the Miami Valley region, attracting businesses, fueling growth, and improving the quality of life for our families and neighbors. 

Impact:

Over the past seven years, The DP&L Foundation has awarded 79 Power Grants and one Community Power Grant totaling nearly $6.3 million to DP&L’s community partner organizations  

Partners:

AES employee volunteers and around 100 partner organizations including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Clothes That Work
  • Crayons to Classrooms
  • Culture Works, Daybreak
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
  • Development Research Corporation
  • Friends of Levitt Dayton
  • Gem City Market
  • Goodwill Easter Seals of the Miami Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
  • K-12 Gallery and TEJAS
  • Murphy Theatre Company
  • The Muse Machine
  • Omega Hope Center for Families
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College Foundation
  • Think TV
  • United Way of Greater Dayton
  • University of Dayton
  • Dayton Live
  • Wright State University Foundation
  • WYSO Public Radio
  • YWCA of Dayton