Community Improvement, Capacity Building


Raleigh, NC


All We Are is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping others help themselves through sustainable overseas development programs. Our purpose is to creatively and sustainably use our background in engineering to conduct projects in developing nations that will improve the quality of life for as many people as possible.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nathan Thomas

Main Address

P.O. Box 32183

Raleigh, NC 27622 USA


solar power, clean water, sustainable development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Measuring All We Are's Direct Impact:

All We Are plans to bring solar power to four sites in Uganda per year for the next ten years. This is a total of 40 sites and potentially over 20,000 students. Starting in 2017 we hope to bring clean water to 500 people per year through our small-scale rain catchment projects.

Measuring All We Are's Indirect Impact:

By having a truly collaborative approach to our success we can expect an increase in impact indirectly. Having a system where school's pay a small portion to All We Are for one year not only increases the resources we have to do more projects, but also helps our clients to better value the addition of solar to their daily life. With the money from payback system, we estimate the installation of ten additional solar power systems.

All We Are is proud to be a fleet of foot operational. We can react quickly to humanitarian crises (i.e. our Ebola medical glove campaign) while at the same time planning and completing the most cost-efficient and sustainable designs in all the systems we install. This is a crucial part of our attempt to implement lasting change in the areas where we work. Additionally, we partner with schools and organizations in Africa that have a serious interest in the success and betterment of their pupils and fellow Africans. We do this by approaching schools that could benefit from solar power with plans for a system and determine whether they are willing to help offset some of the cost to our organization, this makes our work truly collaborative.

For example, we might ask them to agree to pay us 25% of what they would be paying in electricity for the first six months after their solar project is installed. Or we might request they lower tuition by a small amount in order to help out their community. By making sure these organizations are personally invested in the projects, we ensure that we are working with partners who are committed to sustainable development in their communities. By strategically planning who we work with and finding a way that we can both benefit from a project, we can feel confident that we are maximizing the impact of our funds and making changes that won't be phased out due to lack of engagement over time.

We are a tight-knit group of committed individuals who have known each other for five to ten years. One of the many ways we come together as a group is to collaborate on projects for All We Are. Our existing chemistry makes this very easy. By working with people who are passionate about All We Are and how they contribute, we can take this organization to new levels.

Working as a group of “twenty-somethings" we have drawn considerable interest from peers on the collegiate level. We have been able to leverage a majority of this support through engaging social media interaction. We have recently launched an internship program where other passionate “twenty-somethings" can lend their talents to us, whether its through design, marketing, or PR.

2015 marked the formation of the first All We Are club formed at a University. One of our goals is to grow the network of college clubs supporting All We Are and engage as many young people as possible. We believe that the millennial generation is the future. We must ensure that other passionate people our age consider All We Are as a organization to work with.

An indicator of our success is our commitment to staying on the timeline. We are on course to complete four solar projects this year. Additionally, by having a dedicated team of industry professionals advising us, we can be assured that All We Are is on the right path in growing our business.

All We Are's advisory board consists of experienced professionals who have spent considerable time working with non-profit organizations. All We Are's board of directors consults the Advisory board in decisions affecting development or long term goals of All We are. By working with such experienced people, the Directors can ensure the success and growth of this organization.

So far we have brought solar power to one school in Uganda. We have plans to install similar systems at three other locations in 2015. Information about the schools and the costs of the system can be found below.

Phase One Costing:

Uplands Secondary School:
Kampala, Uganda
450 Students

120W Solar Panel: 420,000 UGX
20A Charge Controller: 200,00 UGX
300W Inverter: 500,000 UGX
200Ah Battery: 850,000 UGX
Wiring, Junction boxes, 30 LED Bulbs: 1,100,000 UGX
Labor: 200,000 UGX
Transport: 50,000 UGX

Total: 3,250,000 UGX = $1113 USD
Phase Two Costing:

Bright Primary School:
Kampala, Uganda
770 Students

170W Solar Panel: 595,000 UGX
20A Charge Controller: 200,00 UGX
300W Inverter: 500,000 UGX
300Ah Battery: 1,750,000 UGX
Wiring, Junction boxes : 1,100,000 UGX
5Watt LED Bulbs x 12 : 120,000 UGX
3Watt LED Bulbs x 35 : 350,000 UGX
Labor: 200,000 UGX
Transport: 50,000 UGX

Total: 4,340,000 UGX = $1486 USD

Phase Three Costing:

75W Solar Panel: 262,500 UGX
20A Charge Controller: 200,000 UGX
300W Inverter: 500,000 UGX
100Ah Battery: 500,000 UGX
Wiring, Junction boxes : 40,000 UGX
5Watt LED Bulbs x 3 : 30,000 UGX
3Watt LED Bulbs x 12 : 120,000 UGX
Labor: 100,000 UGX
Transport: Included with Phase 2 Drop-off

Total: 1,752,500 UGX = $600 USD

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