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Sustainable energy in Ethiopia

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The Engineers Without Borders group in Augsburg Germany has created a sustainable project in the Maskan region of Ethiopia, which will provide the local community with renewable energy.

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Our current project is located in the Maskan region of central Ethiopia, about 150 km south of the capital city, Addis Ababa. In isolated villages, public service buildings such as schools, places of worship, and health clinics are to be supplied with electricity through renewable energy sources. Our goal is to promote better and sustainable living conditions for the people in this region. Ethiopia is an east African country on the horn of Africa. Ethiopia is approximately three times as large as Germany and is home to 88 Million people. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world; the majority of the population lives in dispersed settlements, subsists on agriculture, and does not have access to proper education. Because the country constantly experiences droughts, almost one half of the population is undernourished. Currently, the population is using wood and other plant-based products for cooking, along with Diesel and Kerosene, to produce electricity from generators. The use of fossil fuels as an energy source has adverse effects on the health of the population, because of the smoke that is emitted from combustion. Due to heavy deforestation, natural fertilizers have been depleted and the population must spend a greater portion of their time and salary to find fuel for cooking and power. Increasing diesel prices only exacerbate the problem. Therefore, our goal is to help improve the socio-economic situation in Maskan by providing public buildings with electricity from renewable energy. With this electricity, health clinics could have lighting and operate refrigerators for medicine. With the possibility of lighting, schools could also provide courses for adults after sun-down (around 6:30 pm throughout the whole year) and use radios or CD-players to supplement lessons. Furthermore, the community would be able use power outlets to recharge (mobile) radio equipment and lamps. Together with our local partner, the non-governmental organization EDA-E (Environmentalists Development Association-Ethiopia), which has already lead several Projects in the area, the first steps of this project have already been completed. In 2015 there was an exploratory trip to understand the needs and requirements within the communities. With this knowledge, we will continue to draft more detailed plans to provide these communities with sustainable and renewable energy sources. SUPPORT OUR PROJECT. We are a non-profit organization and rely on the support of charitable offerings and membership fees. We are thankful for every donation that supports our project. If you believe our project is as important as we do, please support us with a donation! Project number: ETH-IOG08

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