Imagine life without electricity! Spending most of the day looking for firewood, your children not being able to do their homework in the evening, visiting the latrine in complete darkness or with just a tiny candle to light the way, not being able to refrigerate lifesaving medicine and, probably most importantly for our lifestyle, not being able to charge your phone!
Yes, the thought is devastating and almost unimaginable. However, this is the everyday reality of millions of people around the world, including the villagers of Zanzibar, therefore we collaborated with Barefoot College, a local NGO to raise funds.
The Barefoot College trains middle-aged women from rural villages to become solar engineers. In partnership with local and national organizations, the Barefoot team establishes relationships with village elders, who help identify trainees and implement community support.
Trainees are often illiterate or semi-literate grandmothers who maintain strong roots in their villages and play a major role in community development, bringing sustainable electricity to remote, inaccessible villages. Solar electrification reduces CO2 emissions, slow the negative impacts of deforestation, allow education for children and decrease air pollution from burning firewood and kerosene.
As students from IGC (international Graduate Centre) at Hochschule Bremen, we are raising funds for this amazing initiative. Our aim is to financially support the training of new solar engineers, who will bring solar energy to their communities.
Join us in this effort by contributing to the empowerment and training of these amazing women.
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