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 ...
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Written byon Aug. 9, 2013 .
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 Jan. 11, 2013 .
The WASH project, 'Solar Powered Water Purification' shifted into the final implementation phase with a flurry of activity before the holiday break. Four of thr smaller systems were installed and all of the pumping and storage systems are in place. We expect that by early February all nine sites will be operational and the residents of those communities will beneift from affordable access to safe drinking water. The attached picture shows the S1 system in Tawuya, Kambia District.
Written byon Nov. 2, 2012 .
Installation work has started on our WASH project with four sites in Kambia District. The project builds off our community charging station model with the addition of solar water pumping and water purification. This model brings purified water manufacturing direct to the community providing a vital alternative to expensive packet and bottled water transported from Freetown or existing water supplies that are susceptible to contamination. With the recent, annual cholera epidemic now under control this model can hopefully become a preventative measure against future outbreaks.
Written byon Sept. 15, 2012 .
Energy For Opportunity is expanding its community charging station programme with the addition of solar powered water purification facilities at nine sites across Kambia, Koinadugu and Bombali Districts. Building on the successful model that has brought charging and energy services to over 25 communities across the country we will now start local water purification, getting clean, safe drinking water to places that existing distribution networks either can't or don't reach.