Primary school students, village of Djomga
CBG-WA local staff and Bio-Solaire company engineers are currently working hard to assembly the solar system equipment and accessories materials for the village of Djomga! You may recall that Djomga is located at 280km from the capital of Burkina Faso, in a remote rural area where there is no public power supply or provision of municipal water.
Last week, on February 2, 2017, CBG-WA team made another trip to the village of Djomga in the Sahel to meet once again with the population for discussing their school electrification project. At the meeting, parents, school teachers and students have all reaffirmed the need of the project for their village.
The solar energy light project in Djomga will have two parts:
*First part is to install a solar light system for the primary school of Djomga. The school has three classrooms and one office for the school director. Classrooms and school director office will be electrified with external power connectors that will allow the use of devises such as laptop with possibility of charging cellphone.
*Second part of the project is to install one community shared solar kit in Djomga. The shared solar kit is an innovative idea of CBG-WA aiming to install a solar kit within the village in an area called study zone accessible to all children at all time. Texas A&M University students helped CBG-WA to design the solar kit with optimal capacity. So, at night time, children can gather to study, and complete their homework.
Interview with Pamoussa; the director of the school "Djomga:" The electrification project of our school goes straight to our heart because the children will be able to work in the afternoon and at night. This is very good news! This will be the first solar light in our school. I been here for several years and we had a very hard time in the afternoon, as it becomes dark inside of the classroom. This makes reading very hard for me and children too. Our plan is to allow students access to the classrooms at night to do their homework and study as needed. Also, adult literacy can be initiated during night. As a school teacher, the solar light will help a lot, and hope to be able to use laptop and charging our devices. Because here we are in Sahel region, very dry and we have not access to electricity."
The head of students' parent association said: “We are very blessed to have this project. I can tell you we all are excited about the solar energy project. We heard about solar system but never had chance to have one. This project in Djomga will help our children education. We were also told that the project will have a shared solar kit that will be installed in an open area as a study zone, definitely this will make a big difference, it will help children to do their homework after sunset. We thank all donors including Global Giving team and Community Building Group staff for helping our village. Thanks.”
Asmaou (see photo), a 4th grader student said that:" I will be happy to have a solar panel installed in my school, all my classmates are also very happy, we didn't see the solar light before, it will be our first time to see it. We are excited and waiting to see.
Abdoulaye student of the school of Djomga said that he can't wait to see the solar light in his school.
Mr. Bassiaka, the Engineer from "Bio-solaire" said the assembly of the solar equipment and accessories materials will be ready this Monday (February 6, 2017) in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso). Then the team will travel early Tuesday, February 7th to Djomga to install the new solar energy system in the primary school of Djomga.
This is very exciting news for the children, villagers and school officials.
Stay tuned until the next report.
Inside of the classroom
Students outside of the classroom, Djomga
Girls sitting in front of their classroom
CBG-WA team member during their trip in Djomga
Dicko, a 3rd grader student
Asmaou, 6th grade student
Mr. Pamoussa, School Director, Djomga
Solar panels from the vendor shop, Burkina Faso