Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA) has officially launched the Rural Energy Activating Livelihood Project (REAL) at the Kenema District Council hall in Kenema city.
Giving an overview of the project, the Director of EFA and also the Manager for REAL project, Tommy Garnett says the REAL project seeks to improve the quality of life people considered as most vulnerable, such as youth, women and children in rural communities. He said the project will provide solar electricity to poor communities to enhance the proper delivery of certain basic social amenities such as education, health and economics.
He said with access to solar powered electricity, the project stimulate the participation of people in beneficiary communities in socio-economic activities that will improve their lives.
“The project will contribute hugely to environmental protection and rural development,” Mr. Garnett said.
EFA is implementing REAL in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the District Councils. Forty-nine communities have been eye-marked for implementation of the project in all three districts in the East, Kailahun, Kenema and Kono and one in the South, Pujehun. Feasibility studies on REAL started three years ago.
By Saffa Moriba
Thursday April 10, 2014