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Villages out of the darkness project

Villages out of darkness project tackles the problem of lack of electricity in remote areas in Africa. In Cameroon, where we are currently working, the power grid is one of the worst in the region. Only 22.2% of Cameroon's total population has access to electricity, according to World Bank estimates. However, most villages are not connected to the grid and the government does not intend to provide electricity to these communities in the near future; therefore, after sunset, all the villagers are literally in the dark. People use oil lamps, flashlight to light up. In Cameroon, there is a system of endless power cuts; The unreliability of the grid is causing many challenges, especially in hospitals. It will take years before villages in this country can be supplied with electricity.   The project aims to improve the living conditions of families and facilitate activities after sunset. With this project, 110 households would be electrified each year; as well as primary schools, health centers and religious buildings. Families living in the most remote areas would benefit from an autonomous system. These systems are easy to install, require little or no maintenance and are easy to repair. A system consist of: 1 solar panel, 1 battery, 5 bulbs,  and 1 phone charger set; and cost 189 euro Those living in groups would benefit from a joint facility that would produce electricity for individual homes.   This project is strongly linked to the sustainable development of the UN 2030.   According to the UN, sustainability means "development that responds to needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. "Solar energy embodies this widely accepted definition of sustainability because the sun's energy can be used indefinitely without reducing  its future availability.   In terms of opportunity, the project will create jobs. Large part of the cost associated with solar systems comes from the installation of panels. This contributes to the creation of local jobs. The use of solar systems stimulates the the economy and positively affect the local community as women establish small businesses.   Our partners for this project are:     1) Engineers Without Borders 2) Humasol 3) Antwerp municipality 4) friends and volunteers  
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