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Opportunities through hydropower - Hydroélectricité Idjwi - project phase 2

Using a hydroelectric power plant, we are building a power supply system for an industrial campus on the Congolese island of Idjwi. The low-cost alternative to uneconomical diesel generators opens up new opportunities for local people.

M. Widenmeyer from Engineers Without Borders (EWB)Write a message

Follow the current developments of our project also on our website : 
www.ewb-karlsruhe.de/dr-congo

Our Vision
Our actions and their worldwide effects are more influential in the globalized world than ever before. In order to enable peaceful coexistence, we believe in the necessity of a world community based on solidarity, mutual respect, responsibility and understanding.

Our goal
Through the cooperation with our international project partners we want to achieve an intercultural exchange at eye level. Our work, paired with the engagement of the local people, opens possibilities for personal development and an improvement in living conditions for the local people. In Germany, we sensitize our members to the unequal distribution of privilege and the mutual interdependencies that exist in our world. 

Our way
In the north of the island of Idjwi in eastern Congo, we are planning to extend a hydropower plant with our project partners in order to expand the local power supply. Affordable access to electricity will strengthen the economic and social development of the region.

Your support
Your donation will contribute to the long-term supply of electricity in northern Idjwi. It flows directly into the project and helps us to finance the necessary construction measures.

Our progress:
After around two years of planning and preparation, we successfully completed the first construction phase from September to December 2018. It included the construction of the machine house, power poles and transmission lines between the hydroelectric power plant and the industrial campus, as well as construction work on the inlet channel and the downpipe to the turbine. The EWB team worked hand in hand with the numerous local workers. The power plant can already supply electricity to a number of businesses that produce juices, soaps, coffee and sunflower oil, for example.
 
What is planned:
The currently available capacity is not yet sufficient to supply all the workshops with sufficient electricity. Together with our partners and the local population, we would therefore like to further expand the power plant in the second project phase. We are convinced that the project can only be effective if technical planning goes hand in hand with a focus on social aspects. That's why we regularly educate ourselves through workshops, discussions and seminars on topics such as prejudices, stereotypes and global contexts.