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Give African villages a clean energy boost

by Energy 4 Impact
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost
Give African villages a clean energy boost

Greetings! 2020 is proving a turbulent year for people across the globe so I hope this email finds you safe and comfortable.

At such a distressing time it is important to share positive news too. So I would love to give you an encouraging update about a Kenyan health centre that has resourcefully adapted to the challenges of coronavirus. It provides an inspiring example of how healthcare professionals have mobilised to protect their communities during such unprecedented times.

Kwale is an impoverished rural region on the Kenyan coast with little infrastructure development. Access to affordable and reliable electricity plays a major part in the provision of healthcare services in the area. Located in Kwale, the health centre and dispensary of Mkanyeni has remained fully operational, thanks to the generosity of donors to our Powering Villages project.

When the pandemic forced Kenya into lockdown back in March, the facility was able to continue to provide its services at increased capacity. Covid-19 cases in Kenya are only handled at larger public hospitals, newly established county facilities and accredited private hospitals. Electrified with the help of Energy 4 Impact, Mkanyeni is a level 2 facility that has no direct role in treating patients with coronavirus, but remains nevertheless crucial for the provision of essential services.

The facility offers services to the rural communities such as antenatal, maternity, family planning cervical cancer screening, outpatient consultation, HIV screening and child welfare services (immunisation, growth monitoring and nutrition).

The solar PV system installed by Energy 4 Impact has allowed the clinic to provide improved services even late in the evening thanks to well-lit consultation rooms and enhanced security lighting. It has also enabled the clinic to power appliances such as a fridge where they now store vaccines at the required standard temperature. In addition, expenditure related to using a diesel generator has reduced.

The quality of services provided at the facility has markedly improved. The facility’s clinical officer Simon Magondu says, “We have been able to continue providing health services at this facility despite the pandemic. These services are being offered in strict compliance with Ministry of Health guidelines about washing hands at the entrance, wearing a mask whilst on the premises and observing appropriate social distancing.”

However, the pandemic has also thrown up unique challenges that will require modification of practices at the clinic. Other clinics involved in the Powering Villages project will also need to implement similar adaptations such as:

  • purchasing personal protection equipment (PPE) for the staff.
  • community mobilisation on COVID 19 awareness.
  • purchasing more seats to ensure social distancing
  • purchasing more appliances for screening purposes, e.g. standard handwashing containers and thermos guns for taking body temperature

Further financial assistance would allow health centres to maintain a continuity of care and service to their communities despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Please check out the attached photos which help give a clearer idea of the difference that your generous donations are making!

Clean energy is needed now more urgently than ever, so thank you so much for supporting our Powering Villages project.

Kind Regards

Alessandra

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Greetings! I hope this message finds you well. I know that this is a very distressing time for many people and families and my heart goes out to all those who are suffering and all those working so hard to protect us.

At this difficult time, I would like to share with you a positive story about a health centre in Kwale, Kenya, which has recently received solar power to improve healthcare provision for rural communities.

Kwale is a very poor county with little infrastructure development. 47% of its population currently lives below the poverty line. Access to affordable, adequate and reliable electricity plays a major part in the welfare of the people in the region. It is vital for the provision of education and healthcare services.

Over the last few months, Energy 4 Impact has identified 12 health clinics and 68 schools in the area, which are too far away from the national electricity grid or that are nearer the grid but cannot afford the connection fees. With your help, however, we are giving them the power they need.

The Godo Dispensary is a healthcare centre located 35 kilometres away from the main town, Lunga Lunga, along the southern coast of Kenya, near the border with Tanzania. The centre serves 15 villages within a radius of 26 kilometres. An estimated 7,624 people benefit from the care provided by 10 medical staff and 27 health workers. The dispensary offers a range of primary care and outpatient services, voluntary counselling, HIV testing and outreach lab services. It is also an important hub for dispensing medication to the community and for promoting public health education.

Prior to our intervention, the Godo Dispensary was using a small solar PV system. However, it did not meet its energy needs and without sufficient and reliable energy, healthcare workers didn’t have all of the necessary tools to treat patients and save lives.

Due to your generous support, we have now installed a larger solar system to enable them to use electrical equipment such as a steriliser, a refrigerator for drugs and vaccines, a suction machine for the maternity ward, a weighing scale as well as air cooling fans. It also powers lighting within the building in the compound and phone charging equipment.

I’m sharing some photos with you to give you a better idea of the difference that your generous donation is making.

Please keep supporting our Powering Villages Project. Energy is needed now more urgently than ever.

Thank you and be safe!

Kind Regards

Alessandra

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Dear Supporter,

It has been three months since I last updated you on the Powering Villages Project’s progress, so I wanted to share an example of the kind of transformation that a new supply of solar power can, with your support, bring to rural schools. 

In Turkana, one of the poorest regions in Kenya, affected by frequent droughts and terrible famines, Kalokol Junior Academy, which serves 226 students (110 girls, 116 boys), is now fully electrified. The solar photovoltaic panels that we’ve installed on the school roof provide lighting for 13 rooms including several classrooms a staff room, a kitchen, a dormitory, a washroom and a shop. They also provide power for computers, two fans, one TV, one laptop and 1 fridge. 

This has helped increase study time by facilitating early morning and evening classes. The student population in the area is quite large and the teaching staff and facilities are scarce. With proper lighting the school can squeeze in more classes, starting early in the morning and later in the evening when it’s dark.

Some students are also motivated to remain at school after normal hours, tapping into the new ITC resources or playing music on the keyboard. The Head Teacher says that students feel safer in a well-lit environment and their parents now encourage them to participate in activities before sunrise or after sunset. 

The school is very entrepreneurial, and has recently started using the surplus electricity to open a small shop and a restaurant, which offer typing services, refrigerated drinks, food and entertainment (through a TV) to the local community.

These two small enterprises generate precious extra revenue to cover school-related expenses as well as the solar systems’ maintenance costs.

Thank you again for your generous support. 

Please consider sharing this link with your friends: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-african-villages-a-clean-energy-boost/. It will help us grow our community of supporters and raise more funds so we can extend the impact of our work.

On behalf of everyone at Energy 4 Impact I would like to extend our warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Greetings!

Three months ago you made a generous donation to bring the benefits of renewable energy into rural villages in Kenya and Tanzania. Now we are writing to you to update you on the progress we have made.

In last three months our teams of specialised mentors have worked with 330 women entrepreneurs to improve their clean cookstove businesses. They provided these entrepreneurs with 12 days of training and mentoring focussed on strengthening their business skills and increasing sales.

We have negotiated contracts with solar equipment suppliers, who will provide photovoltaic solar panels to schools and clinics in some of the poorest and hardest to reach areas, enabling them to light up rooms and power educational and medical equipment. We have also undertaken surveys of 394 schools and clinics to establish their solar energy needs. 

We have been developing our model for providing a subsidy to the very poorest households to enable them to afford to buy small solar systems on credit. We now have about 1,500 homes enrolled in this scheme, benefiting, orphans, people with disabilities and elderly people.

We have been monitoring the progress achieved by village entrepreneurs whom we have previously helped to expand their businesses following the availability of power for the first time. We helped them to plan the development of their businesses; we helped them acquire new equipment to reduce their costs or offer new products and services. As a result, they have seen increases in their profits by 25%.

We are now re-visiting our plans – to identify new villages where we can bring all these benefits together, and at the same time have prepared a proposal to raise a significant new source of funding that would enable us to expand significantly our ambition for the Powering Villages Project.  

I have enclosed some photos so you can see the impact that your gift is making.

Thank you for helping us get the Powering Villages Project started, and we look forward for your continued support!


Best Regards

Alessandra

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Hello, we have great news!

Thanks to your generous support we have passed the test set for us by GlobalGiving. Having raised more than $6.4K from 78 people in less than three weeks, our Powering Villages project has earned a permanent place on the GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform.  

This means that we can now raise more funds through the platform to give access to clean energy to 60,000 people in 20 of the poorest villages in Kenya and Tanzania over the next 3 years.

You will notice that we have increased our fundraising target to $50K. This amount might seem large, but Powering Villages needs significant funding. We intend to raise this in three ways:

  • by pooling together resources with some of our other current projects,
  • by tapping into the purchasing power of the villages’ residents themselves,
  • and by donations through GlobalGiving.

Raising $50K on GlobalGiving is thus a key building block in our funding plan for Powering Villages, and therefore critical to addressing the needs of the communities that we want to help.

Please help us raise $50K by reaching out to your network and asking them to support our project:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-african-villages-a-clean-energy-boost/.

Another great wait to help us raise funds is to set up your own ‘fundraiser’ via GlobalGiving. If you’re planning a challenge such as a run or a trek, a dinner party or any other event, please ask your friends and family to sponsor you and link donations back to our crowdfunding campaign. Here’s how:  https://bit.ly/2wS8UGM

Thank you on behalf of everyone at Energy 4 Impact!

Kind regards

Alessandra Moscadelli

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