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Renewable World in association with Global Wind Day: Powering Africa out of Poverty
In June this year, thousands of people will celebrate Global Wind Day, the international celebration of wind power and its potential to change the world.
Global Wind Day takes place on 15th June and will include activities around the world, from open days at wind farms, to opportunities to support wind energy and its associated benefits. It also includes a call to donate to the work of Renewable World in East Africa.
In the run-up to the event, Global Wind Day is focussing on our wind-solar hybrid project in Tanzania, where renewable energy services are transforming the lives of vulnerable people in Songambele. You can donate in pounds or in euros to projects like these and fund our vital programme in East Africa.
We work with some of the developing world’s most remote communities – people who have no access to power – to provide renewable systems to improve; health, education, nutrition and opportunity, without adding to global climate change.
Access to energy enables communication and trade, supports the establishment of new income generating ventures and stimulates enterprise. Education is improved as children can study in the evenings, and schools can open later for adult education. Affordable energy improves health through the use of clean lighting and cooking sources, and because clean water can be pumped direct to households. Healthcare is more accessible because clinics can keep vaccines, HIV tests and snakebite anti-venom in fridges.
East Africa Programme
One project within our East Africa programme is in Songambele, a community of 21,000 people, 97km from the town of Dodoma in central Tanzania. Renewable World is are working with a regional partner, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) to develop an information or 'Maarifa' Centre.
The Maarifa Centre, powered using a wind-solar hybrid system, contains computers to reduce the ‘digital divide’ and help people across East Africa to improve their livelihoods and opportunities. Extra power produced by its 1 kW wind turbine is used across the community.
The centre is used by 250 poor farmers affected by climate change, to decrease costs and increase yields through access to information on new farming techniques, seasonal weather predictions and market prices and conditions, to grow healthier food (by using non chemical pest control methods) and get a better price for their produce.
It also provides ICT training, and education services, including a library, for local youngsters, family health and nutrition information, mobile phone charging points, an oil press and even a barber shop.