Powering the path to independence for women in Sierra Leone at a pioneering Catering School

Top Quote Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s FRV installed 16 photovoltaic panels to provide a sustainable, permanent and safe source of electricity to the more than 300 women who are currently studying at the school. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 01, 2019 - Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, an esteemed organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia installed 16-photovoltaic panels in the catering school of West African nation Sierra Leone. This remarkable move will enlighten over 300 women who are currently studying in the catering school. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading solar developer was instrumental in the installation of these solar panels which is a subsidiary of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy. This project was a joint venture between FRV and an NGO named Pequeña Nowina. The NGO works for the dignity of vulnerable women in a deprived country like Sierra Leone. The announcement of this new was made on January 29, 2019.

    About Sierra Leone
    The condition of women of Sierra Leone was tragic; they were treated as slaves and the property of their husbands. They were consistent victims of physical violence and did not have the right to go to school. In such a miserable situation, the President of NGO Pequeña Nowina, Cristina Martínez Caballero started the initiative with Clarissan Missionary Sisters to make the life better for girls and women from Sierra Leone. Pequeña Nowina was founded by Cristina and has experienced the misery of those girls and women first-hand. Such a tragic experience moved Cristina and that started Pequeña Nowina to dignify the role of women and girls and make them confident, self-sufficient, and independent. Being the 5th poorest country in the world, people from Sierra Leone are growing to throw unthinkable sufferings. A whopping 68% of its population is below the poverty line. If that’s not all, then there is more; it has suffered two of the most horrendous sufferings in the last few decades. Ebola epidemic and 11-year civil war have affected the nation’s progress tragically.

    FRV’s work
    Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is a leading solar panel developer and a part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy. The primary target was to supply electricity in the city of Lunsar in north Sierra Leone. For this, installation of 16 solar panels was needed to be linked to the battery array which would supply clean energy. These solar panels were to be installed in a catering school where women can learn basic, useable life skills which would empower then in next few years. It also looks forward to give women necessary tools which would lead them to a path of economic independence. The school is remotely located, and in a country where mere 20% of the population has access to electricity, it was a challenging task for Pequeña Nowina and FRV. Furthermore, the village didn’t have any access to an alternative power source or electrical grid. Now with the help of FRV, students can enjoy various facilities which help them in their studies. The CEO of FRV, Daniel Sagi-Vela expressed his view on this special project, “Our contribution to bringing clean energy to people in need and to these women from Sierra Leone, in particular, is born from the ongoing commitment by FRV to improve the lives of people through our experience and technological capacity. This is why we champion the democratization of renewable energy as a path to a more exciting, green and sustainable future all over the world, especially in those areas where the access to energy is still insufficient.”

    This initiative by FRV has indeed benefited the community in Lunsar, Sierra Leone. The founder and president of NGO Pequeña Nowina expressed her gratitude for FRV’s unconditional support. She said, “The installation of these solar panels will help to build a better future for the women learning in this center, providing them access to education, as well as well the tools to dignify their role and make them more self-sufficient each day.”

    The situation in Sierra Leone is indeed critical; however, the NGOs like Pequeña Nowina and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) by Abdul Latif Jameel Energy are contributing to the welfare of the community. The future looks promising for Sierra Leone.

    Read More: https://www.alj.com/en/news/powering-path-independence-women-sierra-leone-pioneering-catering-school/?id=media_center

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