Tanzania Solar Installation Project 2011

We need to raise approx €3,000 to cover the costs of two volunteers

Fritz Raake and Tim Hehir travelling to Songea.

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Sponsor Tim

Sponsor Fritz

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The project in Tanzania is being carried out in partnership with the monks of Glenstal Abbey. They have long standing links with a Benedictine order in Southern Tanzania, near Songea. One of the Glenstal brothers, John O’Callaghan approached Solar Without Frontiers last year to ask for advice and support for a solar project as a solution to the ongoing lack and instability of power at the educational facilities of the Abbey. John has been going every summer with a group of students from Glenstal to work there as volunteers and they have helped in setting up a computer room and education programmes in IT. This year, they have raised in the region of €25,000 for the purchase of solar PV equipment which is currently being delivered to Hanga. Earlier this year, Solar Without Frontiers agreed that they would contribute to the project by travelling to Tanzania and installing the PV system at no cost to Glenstal or Hanga.

The aim of Solar Without Frontiers is to bring solar power to disadvantaged communities in Africa. To date, their projects have involved sending solar powered lights to villages where the only source of light at night is from wood fires or kerosene fuelled lanterns. Using wood and kerosene in small huts is unhealthy, expensive and unsustainable not to mention dangerous in terms of fire hazard. In addition, the quality of the light is poor, often leading to vision problems for people.