Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ComAfrique On Rural Lighting Initiative

Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) The National Environmental Agency of The Gambia in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Banjul held an open day showcase, the comAfrique "Light up a village" initiative to the public, NGOs, private business entrepreneurs and Government Departments today in Banjul.
The ComAfric Initiative is a basic Sustainable Solar Rural Lighting Project that combines individual and corporate social responsibility with local village participation, at affordable price.
Ram Mohan, the Managing Director of ComAfrique said light is a primary necessity for development and they are inviting the Government and NGOs to come forward, sponsor and light up a village with solar zonlight and zonhomes at an affordable price to make it genuinely possible to provide basic clean light to rural areas.
According to him, the zonlight and zonhomes are simple yet durable in India, the zonlight give up to 7-9 hours light with 6 hours solar charge. The solar LED light provides amazing white light using high technology from intelizon or zonhomes gives up to 15-17 hours of light with a similar charge.
He added that they require no complicated installation, each light has a one year warranty and the batteries are li-lon and can last up to 2 years depending on the way they are used. Replacements of batteries are economical and they are easily available and the lEDs and solar panel can also last for 5-7 years.
He said advantages of this zonlight and zonhomes is that the sustainability of the project at a very low cost, the low cost for high technology and also the civic amenities become sustainable in rural areas and free from fire hazard of candles.
The comAfrique initiative has commenced in The Gambia with the first four villages being identified the President Yahya Jammeh, who sponsored two of the villages (Bujinha and Jirramba). The comAfrique and TATA Afrique – safari motors also sponsored the other two villages (Jakoi and Battendeng) respectively. Right Choice Supermarket have also offered to sponsor another village. He therefore urges the Government, NGOs and private sector to sponsor villages, citing that light is a basic necessity in ones life and its up to us to take it forward. VOL:2 ISSN:51

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