Empowering Lives Through Solar Power & Technology

by Develop Africa, Inc. Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


Sierra Leone with a population of 6.4 million finds itself in the unenviable position of being energy deficient, with less than 10% of the population having access to some form of power. Tens of thousands of kids and youths in Sierra Leone study at night using kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles. This project will provide renewable technology including solar lamps and solar radios, solar-powered eReaders / laptops to study.

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The large majority of Sierra Leone's population is forced to rely on inefficient and polluting traditional fuels to meet their basic needs. The smoke and flames from kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles are a health risk and hazardous resulting in adverse impacts on personal health and safety as well as on the environment. Current power generation capacity, transmission and distribution remains inefficient and inadequate to accommodate the country's overall power requirements.


This project empowers education through safe, renewable and environmentally-friendly devices. These devices include solar lights, solar radios, solar powered eReaders and laptops etc. The kids and youths will now be able to read safely at night - with no risk to their health or lives. Solar-powered technology is a reliable and less expensive solution to the lack of electricity. This use of renewable energy will additionally have a positive impact on global warming and climate change.

Long-Term Impact

The project is an effective intervention that will provide renewable energy and technology to kids and youths as they study. It will save the families hundreds of dollars in recurring expenses over 2-3 years. Also, we will be eliminating the potential for house fires. By providing on-going and consistent power to tools / devices, the educational efforts of the kids and youths will be multiplied. They will additionally have access to additional learning resources.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


2015 Africa Progress Report
Replacing Kerosene Lamps with Solar Lighting
Sustainable Africa
Energy sector is key to powering prosperity in sub

Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @developafrica
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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