Right now, 22% of Ugandans have access to electricity. However, a solar energy microgrid presents a sustainable, long-term solution that would free up resources for areas that do not have access to power all day. RREAL is working on a project at an orphanage for children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 5% of people in Uganda live with HIV/AIDS.
Skip the Grid is partnering with African Children Today (ACT) on its project in Uganda. ACT is a nonprofit located in Minneapolis, Minnesota dedicated to helping orphaned children in the Rakai district of Uganda affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 1982, the world’s first diagnosed case of HIV/AIDS was in the District of Rakai, and since then, the disease continues to ravage the area. This has left thousands of orphans without access to education, so ACT opened a primary school for 500 children in early 2018 and expects attendance to be closer to 1500 by 2020.
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We are pleased to announce that our latest Skip the Grid project with African Children Today in Rakai, Uganda is underway. Below you can see pictures of the solar array being installed, solar power street lights up and running, and some close-up photos!
Thank you to everyone who helped get this project close to the finish line: the local installers, Phaesun GmbH, African Children Today, REAL Solar, and a special thank you to Jason Edens & BJ Allen.