During the past two months, Preston Kemeny and I, Nicole Schiavone, have been working as interns for EFO in Sierra Leone. We are both rising juniors at Princeton University and applied for the position through the Princeton’s International Internship Program. Our work experience over the summer has been varied and interesting, with an emphasis on the Community Charging Station (CCS) project and the SolaWata WASH project. For the first several weeks of our internship, Preston and I visited numerous CCSs and all nine of the SolaWata sites. Our focus on these trips was monitoring and evaluation as we traveled ...
Written byon Aug. 9, 2013 .
Written byon Aug. 9, 2013 .
As an intern for EFO this summer, I had the rewarding experience to work on a solar energy installation at the Ebert Kakua School for the Deaf in Bo, Sierra Leone. For this project, EFO partnered with the American-based Deeper Missions missionary group, who were also providing sign language training for the school teachers and deaf-culture awareness meetings for members of the community.
In just three days, the solar system was built practically from scratch to provide light and power for the three school buildings and a water pump. Preston Kemeny, my fellow intern, and I worked with EFO technician ...
Written byon April 8, 2013 .
The team returned from a whirlwind four day installation in Bo Government Hospital. As is often the case the building wiring left something to be desired so a full upgrade was finished prior to the installation of the solar equipment. New cables, boxes and LED lighting were installed in four wards...already having an impact on the quality of care available to the patients. The solar equipement is expected to arrive in mid-May and we hope to wrap up the project before the end of that month.
Written byon March 21, 2013 .
Quick update from our ninth and last installation at Kamabai, Bombali District. This was the most involved of the sites and required the full might of Energy For Opportunity. The only reliable source of water during the dry season is at a location called the 'bush pump', a small spring located about 400m behind the CCS and over and back down a hill. There was already a reservoir in place but the entire bottom section had worn away and it was not able to store any water. A second reservoir had been installed by the District Council about 50m ...
Written byon Feb. 27, 2013 .
Link to a project we are starting with the UK charity Willing and Abel. It will bring power for lighting and life saving medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators to the pediatric wards at Bo Government Hospital, http://www.willingandabel.org.uk/2013/grant-from-vodafone-world-of-difference-for-solar-power-project/