The actually implementation of this project unfortunately is still currently on hold do to the current political situation in Mali. Currently both the US and UK travel departments recommend against all travel to Mali, and we will wait until the situtation improved before we can physcially implement the project. Nevertheless, we are optmistic that things will improve in the near future, and fortunately Salamale is located some distance away from the troubled areas in Mali. As soon as things improve, we will be stepping up a gear in terms of fundraising and planning for the project. We will be sure to keep you posted.
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The actually implementation of this project unfortunately is currently on hold do to the current political situation in Mali. Currently both the US and UK travel departments recommend against all travel to Mali, and we will wait until the situtation improved before we can physcially implement the project. Nevertheless, we are optmistic that things will improve in the near future, and fortunately Salamale is located some distance away from the troubled areas in Mali. As soon as things improve, we will be stepping up a gear in terms of fundraising and planning for the project. We will be sure to keep you posted.
We have hit a significant hurdle in relation to this project, in that a recent coup d’edat recently occurred in Mali which has caused a number of in-country political issues. This will likely cause a delay in the planned implementation of this project, however it will not stop the project from going ahead, and we are proceeding will the project as planned. The only change will be that we will not physically head into Mali until we are completely sure the political situation is secure enough to guarantee the safety of our staff.
For those that have not followed the news, below is brief description of the coup d’etat. It began on 21 March, when mutinying Malian soldiers, displeased with the management of the Tuareg rebellion that was occurring the North-East of the country, attacked several locations across the countries capital city of Bamako, including the presidential palace, state television, and military barracks. The soldiers, formed the political group known as the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State, and declared the following day that they had overthrown the current Malian Government, forcing the country’s president into hiding. The coup was followed by "unanimous" international condemnation, harsh sanctions by Mali's neighbours, and the swift loss of northern Mali to Tuareg forces. On 6 April, the junta agreed with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) negotiators that they would step down from power in return for the end of sanctions; however, as of 16 May, the junta was still widely thought to have maintained overall control. Elections were supposed to have occurred in the country during April 2012, however these have evidently delayed, and their planned future date is still being negotiated.
Fortunately Salamale, is the south of the country, well away from the Tuareg invaded north-east of the country, as well as the capital city of Bamako; so recent activities have had no immediate impact on their lives. Thus when the current negotiations of the country’s political have been concluded and the relevant agencies declare things secure on the ground, we will be free to implement the project without any significant issues.
It has been an exciting few months for all of us involved in bringing solar energy to Salamale as we have been able to raise over US$5000 for this project and in the process were awarded with a permanent spot on the global giving website. This was from an amazing 75 unique donors. So a massive thank you goes out to all of those who dug deep and donated to the project. A permanent position on the Global Giving website will help to raise the profile of this project and will be an extremely useful fundraising tool for the making the project a reality.
For those who are unfamiliar with the project, the objective is to install a solar powered community charging station (CCS) in Salamale. This involves providing solar power to a kiosk and an adjacent community centre in the village. The community centre will provide a public space with lighting, while the kiosk will act as a centre to charge small electrical items for a small fee (ie mobile phones, batteries, lamps etc). As a part of the project we will also be disseminating small LED lights in the community, which will be recharged at the CCS, and provide a better light than the kerosene lamps that are currently in use. The impacts of providing improved lighting are immense, as most kerosene lamps provide a light that is too poor to read with, hindering the education opportunities for children in the community. The CCS is a profitable venture, and all money paid for recharging these small items will go directly into a community fund, which can be then used for any future maintenance or future community projects. EFO has been involved in installing such CCSs in Sierra Leone with great success, and we are looking forward to expanding this concept to Mali, whose sparsely spread population and high insolation (sunlight hours per day) make It an excellent location for solar powered CCSs. The installation at Salamale will be a pilot model, which EFO plans to replicate at other sites across Mali.
Project Yelen and EFO’s work will not just stop with the CCS in Salamale. As mentioned above, the CCS raises funds which can be used for future community projects. From these funds and additional fundraising for abroad we will work with the Salamale solar power to other sites in the community, such as the hospital (providing lights and power for a vaccine fridge) and the school (providing lights and power for computers), as well as other initiatives such as solar water purification projects. The CCS is ultimately the seed laid down to help facilitate future projects in the community. This has been the approach that EFO has utilised in Sierra Leone so far and has had great success (for example one community who had a CCS installed two years ago has already helped to co-finance solar power installations at their health clinic and school).
Currently, in terms of the project, we are currently seeking extra funding to complement the already raised funds. This will include approaching corporate donors and foundations, as well as enacting a series of fundraising events throughout the year. After this we will looking to order and ship all the necessary solar power and LED lighting equipment to Mali; then after it arrives EFO and Project Yelen will arrive to Salamale and implement the project. Our tentative date for conducting the project is at the end of this year, although this will be very much dependant on our ability to source additional funding.
Once again – a big thank you to everyone for all your support so far. We are all extremely excited about this project and can’t wait to get our hands dirty installing a CCS for Salamale.
All the best,
EFO and Project Yelen
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