Solar Energy Without Borders (SEWB) have contributed financially and with expertise to a pilot project, run by a group of Norwegian and European students for Changemakers in Slums (CiS) in Kenya. Their idea is to set up a solar powered solution for charging mobile phones at a school in Kenya so that teachers, students and local visitors can charge their phones for a considerable lower rate than in the city.
We wanted to contribute to this particular programme because we believe in empowering vulnerable societies through the educational system and by enabling them to be sustainable and independent. Also, it is inspiring when young people take on projects like this and I wanted to make sure the students were able to succeed with their pilot, says Tommy Fernandes, Chairman of Solar Energy Without Borders.
We are grateful, and our pilot would never have happened without your advice and help, says project manager Chung Tsz Chung at CiS to Tommy Fernandes.
The pilot is a part of a larger project called Solar 4 Schools, also run by CiS, and has recently conducted research finding that the largest challenges for schools are limited and distrupted access to electricity, high prices, and that the lights provided are too dim. The Solar4Schools solution can help the school light multi-classrooms, power computers and laptops and create a phone charging business during power disruptions.