Solafrica: Getting The World Cup to Slums Using Solar
Kibera–Africa’s largest slum with a population of a million–is asmanic about World CupFootball as the rest of the continent. But without electricity, notto mention television, watching any of the games has been out of thequestion.
That is, until Solafrica’s latest contribution.
Working closely with the Kibera Community Youth Program and Greenpeace, Solafrica donated the solar power station, along with a television set, to bring people together to celebrate sport. A similar set-up was donein Jericho.
The power station is compact, easy to use, with minimal wiring, andis set up in a public hall that can house up to 1,000 people.
“The solar power station is essentially a box with rechargeablesolar batteries,” says KCYP’s Solar Project Manager Elizabeth Otienoin an attempt to describe the gadget in the simplest terms.
And there’s more to this contribution than just the Solar World Cup initiative.
Due to its lack of electricity, Kibera’s light comes mainly fromkerosene lanterns–a dangerous fuel that also emits a toxic smoke.Solafrica and Greenpeace are training youth to make simple, solar-powered LEDlamps that can both replace the kerosene lanterns and act as aflashlight.
“We want to show the residents of the slums the benefits of solartechnology. We want to convince them to adapt to new solar LEDtechnology that will benefit them and their children,” said Solafrica’s Executive Director, Joshiah Ramogi.
The World Cup 2010 has come under some criticism due to an expected carbon footprint 6 times higher than its predecessor. So, Solafrica’sproject is a bit of a bright light (pun intended) in the shadows.
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