Solar panels in Africa. (Photo: PhotoSky/Shutterstock)

Nonprofit harnesses the sun to help impoverished Africans

No grid? No problem.

Imagine a lifetime without electricity or clean drinking water. For the many impoverished in Africa, this is a daily reality, one that Innovation: Africa is working hard to turn around.

Founded by Israeli Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari, Innovation: Africa is a nonprofit organization that brings Israeli solar and agricultural technology to African villages. It has powered 66 schools, many medical clinics and water pumping systems, impacting more than 450,000 people in places of need like Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Tanzania. 

The mission is not only to share Israel’s expertise with communities that need help in Africa, but to also teach the locals how to maintain their new technology.

In Uganda alone, Innovation: Africa helped 65,000 people by providing enough energy to power the Thornbury-Bufumbo Mission Health Centre, which the government wasn't able to help because the utility grid doesn't extend to that community. The refrigerator at the facility stored the polio vaccines needed to immunize the region after an emergency outbreak.

Altogether, since it was founded, Innovation: Africa has distributed more than 300,000 vaccines that are kept cold in its solar-powered refrigerators.

The hope is to power a brighter future through sustainable sources, and to continue thinking beyond the electrical grid. 

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