Saving lives with green energy

Using solar technology, Jewish Heart for Africa has brought electricity, refrigeration and water to nearly 200,000 people in rural east Africa.
Written by David Worthington, Contributor

While many practical minded people are hoping toward building a green technology future, a non-profit is using solar power to provide hope for people who are living in rural Africa.

Jewish Heart for Africa utilizes Israeli made technologies to bring light, refrigeration, and water to economically disadvantaged villages in Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. The charity is on track to provide electricity to 200,000 by the end of the year, said New York office spokesperson Sam Freiberger.

Israeli solar technologies have been deployed at African schools, medical clinics, and water pumping systems. Electrifying classrooms enables adults to study at night as well as radio and computer use. Vaccine distribution to intervene against measles, yellow fever, and tuberculosis, is made possible through refrigeration.

Over 20,000 liters of clean water pumped per day through each of its water pumping systems, Jewish Heart for Africa says.

Single unit wind turbines will soon be added into the energy mix to provide steady service through East Africa's summer rainy season.

Further initiatives are focused on establishing more sustainable agricultural practices, such as drip irrigation, that were pioneered in Israel. A no-waste irrigation system prevents evaporation and run-off, according to the charity.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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