Approx. 600 million inhabitants living across Africa do not have regular access to electricity. (IRENA 2015).
Africa's potential for implementing and exploiting renewable energy resources is immense. However, failure to do so is having a disastrous impact on both economic development and environmental sustainability resulting in economic and social under-development which in turn causes political and social instability of the worst kind.
With global warming on the rise, sustainable solutions for alternative energy sources has become a real challenge and are urgently required. Should Africa be unable to fulfill these requirements, large tracts of the continent would become uninhabitable.
As a short-term measure, African Hope e.V. provides:
- Basic Solar Kits for providing simple housing and huts with electricity for lights and the running of small electrical household appliances.
- Larger Solar Kits providing solar power for large electrical items e.g. refrigeration, communication systems (mobile phones) TV`s, computers.
- Solar Home Systems designed large to power electrical items such as refrigeration, air conditioning, desalination systems, medical equipment.
The advancement of Solar Kits and Home Systems in everyday life has lead clean and safe energy sources thus replacing the use of kerosene lamps and candles in indoor environment, which recently resulted on the deaths of over 600 000 Africans due to inhaling of fumes, and /or fire hazards (WHO 2015).
Renewable energy usage is rapidly transforming the way Africans live their lives today – with better educational facilities – beginning with solar powered lighting at home resulting in greater social freedom for all men, women and children.
A classic example of the impact renewable energy usage has can be taken on hand of the El Kadadba Monastery, Egypt, and their desert reclamation project – of which African Hope e.V. played a vital part as partner:
- A Solar powered irrigation system was developed. Together with an electricity system it is operating a livestock farming and vegetable cultivation business.
- A dairy production of milk and cheese was set up.
- Approx. 120 Jobs were created locally as a result.
- Training in technical maintenance of machines but also in the use of electrical and water installations, as well as food processing and storage were offered.