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The vast majority of villages in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire lack light. Generally, electrification in these countries means electricity for the cities but none for the countryside. Rather than promoting more eco-disasters like the Volta and richer Bechtel Corporations why not push individual solar lights for individual homes? Sometimes, however, the obvious answers are not so obvious, because what really inhibits progress is wealth and privilege in developed and developing countries.
Much of Africa relies on kerosene for light. This of course adds to global warming and also to indoor air pollution, as the sooty smoke causes all sorts of respiratory ailments. Solar lights are the obvious solution to this, and there are NGO's working on this, including Project Hope and Fairness.
--Mmaniaye, Ghana, 2007.
A little girl in Galebre happily demonstrates one of the penlights we distributed to villages.
-- Galebre, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.