Solar Lighting for Community Development in Northern Ghana 

    Solar Lighting for Community Development in Northern Ghana 


    Poor access to affordable and sustainable technologies for lighting is a major hindrance to development in communities across Africa. In response to such needs, the Foundation has extended its support in a partnership with NewEnergy (a local Ghanaian NGO) and Signify (a global leader in Lighting products) to distribute over 6,000 solar lanterns in the targeted districts.


    By supplying over 6,000 solar-powered home lighting systems and lanterns the project aims to improve the lives of rural people living without access to the electricity grid, or where the electricity service is not reliable.

     

    The product is a complete lighting kit that has been designed to provide low-cost, highly efficient bright light for households and small businesses, classrooms, clinics and even Security outposts. The solar panel-charged battery pack powers two LED lights. A full day's charging in the sun will provide enough light for a whole night.

     

    The project has benefited over 764 farmers, 137 traders, 64 nurses, 188 teachers, 153 churches and mosques, 54 clinics, 180 classrooms, 199 Students, 479 Traditional birth attendants, and 110 rural development workers across 25 districts in Northern Region of Ghana.

     

    David Tikah, a 55-year-old Tamplema Adult Literacy teacher in the community of Bawena in the North Gonja District is a beneficiary of the solar lantern. “I am very grateful to NewEnergy and its partners for providing me with a solar lighting kit. The attendance in my evening classes has increased from only 15 learners to over 45 learners, thanks to the newly improved lantern.”

     

    The aim of the Signify Foundation is to work with country partners like NewEnergy on high impact projects, where the expertise and innovation in lighting can be used to best effect change and improve lives. NewEnergy is a development NGO based in Tamale, Ghana that facilitates community development through the provision of basic social services and rural infrastructure for underserved communities across the country. 

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