Imagine your day ended as soon as the sun went down. No study, no TV, no business, no entertainment after dark. Unbelievable though it may sound, over 600 million Africans still do not have access to electricity, particularly in the most rural areas of the vast, beautiful continent and the pop singer Akon is on a mission to change this.
Just think about the way the west relies on electricity. We use it for work, play, health and safety. In Africa, over 3.5 million people die every year from harmful pollutants or fires in the home produced by costly and toxic solid fuels they burn just to produce the light we take for granted.
“Electricity is more than light. This is a true change in our daily life”, A mother, Yelimané, village, Mali.
The Akon Lighting Africa project seeks to provide light at grass roots level and lay foundations for future development. The project was launched in February 2014 by international Senagalese pop star, Akon, leader Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, and it aims to develop a solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity.
“Thanks to solar electricity we can now forget about kerosene, that is harmful and so expensive”,Inhabitant, Thiambokh Village, Senegal
In less than one year, the project installed a wide range of solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits in 11 African countries.
The founders of Akon Lighting Africa are on a mission to roll out these lighting projects faster and on a broader scale. The Akon Lighting Africa initiative involves the installation of three types of solar-powered equipment: public street lighting, solar micro-generators for use by communities and household connection kits.
What a magnificent achievement; Akon, Thione and Samba, Africa tips its headwrap to you all.
story source/photo credit: Akon Lighting Africa Project