Skip the Grid is part of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance - RREAL's Solar Assistance program. RREAL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making solar energy accessible to everyone. Founded in 2000, RREAL has designed, installed, and managed hundreds of solar installations.
RREAL has partnered with the East African Community Development organization of Storm Lake IA to install a solar micro-grid on the ELCA Juba Clinic in Juba, South Sudan. The project focuses on the healthcare needs of women and children in South Sudan. The project will be used for the purpose of reducing energy expenses, maximizing environmental benefits and fostering a solar workforce. RREAL has fully designed a solar solution for the Juba Lutheran clinic at the request of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Africa Mission South Sudan (ELCAMSS). RREAL will deploy the solar energy asset and provide solar technical training to 10 individuals both men and women identified by the East Africa Community Development. Both organizations are working to raise the funds needed to build the project in late 2020.
According to East Africa Community Development, the South Sudanese Refugee Crisis enters its fifth year in 2019, it remains the fastest growing and largest refugee situation on the African continent. The rate of the refugee movement has accelerated as the conflict has drawn on.
Amid increasing violence and deteriorating conditions, the situation in South Sudan has escalated to a full-blown humanitarian emergency. The total number of South Sudanese refugees has now passed 2 million: it is the largest refugee crisis in Africa, and the third largest in the world (after Syria and Afghanistan). 65% of South Sudanese refugees are under the age of 18 – 82% are women and children.