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Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV
Posted By Cameron Scott On June 16, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Architecture,Design,Environment,global development,Green Appliances,Green Lighting,Green Technology,Innovation,Renewable Energy,Social Design,Solar Power,Sustainable Design Organizations | 1 Comment
The Kibera slum of Nairobi is home to a million people — and no electricity. Kibera residents use dangerous and heavily-polluting kerosene lamps  to see at night, and despite their fervor for soccer , watching the World Cup has been entirely out of reach — regardless of how geographically close it may be. Until now — a Swiss not-for-profit, Solafrica, has provided  a portable solar power station that runs a large donated TV where residents can gather to watch the event.
The solar power station is relatively compact — it consists of solar panels and accumulators, and doesn’t require complex wiring. After the World Cup, it will be installed at a nearby school.
It’s not the first fantastically practical project Solafrica has undertaken in Kibera. Working with Greenpeace and the Kibera Community Youth Programme — who also participated in the World Cup project — the Swiss company has trained local youth to make simple solar-powered LED lamps that can replace kerosene lamps indoors or work as a flashlight. They’re easy to assemble and operate, increasing their chances of long-term use. The project provides jobs to Kibera Youth, and gives them a chance to do schoolwork after dark.
I’m tempted to get out a vuvuzela to toast this amazing work, but that would just be annoying.
+ Solafrica 
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URLs in this post:
 kerosene lamps: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/tiny-solar-pebble-can-replace-kerosene-lamps-in-rural-africa/
 soccer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/10/energy-generating-soccer-ball-brings-power-to-developing-nations/
 provided: http://www.pcworld.com/article/198832/world_cup_comes_to_africas_largest_slum_via_solar.html
 solar-powered LED lamps : http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/10/rainproof-solar-led-bulb-could-illuminate-the-developing-world/
 + Solafrica: http://solafrica.ch/
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