According to a world bank report electricity reaches less than 10 percent of the population in Sierra Leone. Major part of this electricity supply is consumed in the main cities whereas rural population is deprived of this facility. This exacerbates poverty conditions.
What we did
In 2012 five villages; Gbonkobana, Mawanti, Worrehline , Agbafth, Makeli; were selected for solar electrification in Sierra Leone. Total population of these villages was 1500. These villages were selected for their proximity and also due to the fact that there was only one school for these five villages which needed new class rooms.
4.5kW system was installed in Gbonkobana , the largest village of the five villages while 3kW system were installed in the remaining four villages. These systems provided 2 bulbs per house and street lights. 2 new classrooms were also constructed thus expanding the intake capacity of the school in Gbonkobana.
Provision of electricity has changed the social life of the villagers. Children can now study after the hours of day light and elders can socialise more after a long day’s work. The advent of solar energy has also saved the villagers money that was previously use for the purchase of kerosene oil; money that is now being used to provide for other essential necessities of life.
Provision of new classrooms have resulted in an increased enrolment of students.