Living in rural Africa means living without a lot of necessities that other countries have easy access to, such as clean water and electricity. The Senegalese-American singer Akon is making a difference in Africa which will improve the lives of millions.
The initiative created by the artist, is called Akon Lighting Africa. It aims to bring the advancement of solar energy to over 600 million Africans currently living without electricity. There is also something called a Solar Academy which will help teach African residents the skills and practices needed to make solar power a reality in their communities. The Academy will have experts providing training and equipment, and will show how to create and maintain community-based power grids, or “micro-grids”.
The sun shines almost all year-round in Africa, with the average being approximately 320 days. So solar power is ideal for the area. Plus, over 70% of the population is under the age of 35, so bringing sustainable employment is essential.
Samba Baithily is one of the founders of Akon Lighting Africa, along with Thione Niang who works as a consultant and is a respected community leader. Baithily says,
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective. We are doing more than just investing in clean energy, we are investing in human capital.”
Akon has gone into philanthropy before with a charity called Konfidence Foundation, which brings the opportunity of health benefits, education, and support to underprivileged children in West Africa and the United States.
If you’re interested in helping this cause, you can fill out a volunteer request and do something truly wonderful for the future of this world.
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Written by Raven Fon