Category: children

—Twaha Twagirimana, plant supervisor at East Africa’s first major solar energy installation, occupying more than 42 acres. How long did it take Rwanda to construct this new solar farm with over 28,000 solar panels, providing 350 local jobs and energy for 15,000 residents? It’s been called “the fastest project in Africa,” because the build-out took just five months. Bella Kabatesi is a teen who lives in Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, which shares space with and leases land to the solar farm…

— Jackline Naiputa, with the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, a Massai women’s group in Kenya supplied by Green Energy Africa with solar panels, lights and batteries that the group in turn transports and sells to residents in remote areas. Naiputa explains that with solar lamps around her homestead, her son no longer has to spend cold nights in the cattle enclosure to guard their herd of goats from predators. “The nearest market where one can charge a cell phone or buy kerosene…

— Nosim Noah, a resident of Arusha, Tanzania, explaining how a light above her daughter’s bed powered by a home solar system has helped two-year-old Emilia, who is afraid of the dark, get to sleep. After years of waiting for power from the grid that never arrived, Noah explains how a solar system now powers her home at far less cost each month than what she used to have to pay for kerosene. VIA CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

— Bakare Kone, a resident of Zantiebougou in rural Mali, discussing differences since solar brought power to his village. “The first lights we had were the street lights and the children would study under them,” Kone says. According to author Joe Ware, “improvements in healthcare have been particularly acute with medicines requiring refrigeration now able to be stocked in the village…. Injections no longer need to be administered by flashlight.” VIA THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION (Photo: CHRISTIAN AID/Lilly Peel)