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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Solar Foundation powers villages in North Bank

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Ousman Ceesay, chairman of the Solar Foundation, said the clean energy project was initiated to provide mini-lighting system to  remote places not connected to the grid. 

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He added: “Our aim is to provide for everyone. Unfortunately, we have limited resources. So, those who didn’t have may benefit in the next phase. I want to assure that the project will be extended to other places in the near future.”

Also speaking at the presentation ceremony was Alagie Lamin Ceesay, the chairman of the Kerewan Area Council. 

He said the solar kits would help raise standards of living of the people of his region. Chairman Ceesay told the beneficiary communities: “You have been living in darkness for so many years but from now on, your children can study without burden of you buying candles and kerosene to light your houses.”

Hamad Manneh, a village head, in receiving the items, expressed delight at the gesture. “I am excited that my village is among the many villages to benefit from the gesture. Our children can now study at night while we sleep comfortably without  fear of a candle light causing a fire outbreak.” 

The project is meanwhile being financed from the proceeds of the Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge. The solar kits contained 10w solar panel, 4PCS super bright lamps and USB port for mobile charging. The beneficiary communities are Makkah Omar Manneh, Medina Njama, Kerr Gibbel Setu, Kerr Bano and Njonen.

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