The famous rapper and singer Akon (Aliaune Damala Badara Thiam.. yeah.. thatâ€™s his real name) in 2014 decided to give filling dance floors a break in favor of bringing solar energy to people living in rural Africa. The idea came when the researches showed that the continent averages 320 days of sunshine a year.
So why not use this advantage?
There are just so many people in Africa still living in darkness while the world fights over who has more followers on Instagram. Itâ€™s insane.
Akon has decided to seriously diversify and set up charity â€śAkon Lighting Africaâ€ť in 2014 which now has finally flourished.
A wide range of quality solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits, have been installed in 14 African countries.
As a result, a number of households, villages, community houses, schools and health centres located in rural areas have been connected to electricity for the first time ever.
Local jobs, primarily for young people, have also been created in these communities, whether for installation of equipmentâ€™s or for maintenance.
So, now over 600 Million people can live in the light like the rest of the world thanks to Akon.
Solar energy is the future of The World. This renewable energy is around us every day. Each day we do not use this energy we waste a great chance for cleaner world.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS PEOPLE AFFECTED BY AKONâ€™S CHARITY SAY:
â€śElectricity is more than light. This is a true change in our daily lifeâ€ť â€“ A mother, YelimanĂ©, village, Mali
â€śThanks to solar electricity we can now forget about kerosene, that is harmful and so expensiveâ€ť â€“ Inhabitant, Thiambokh Village, Senegal
â€śNow I can recharge my phone at home, I do not have to walk for hours or to pay for thatâ€ť â€“ Inhabitant, Village, Niger
We can truly make a GREAT difference if we use our minds for helping others from time to time. It is WE who make the world better or worse.
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