After arriving in Kigali, we bought 45 solar batteries, batteries that are specially designed for solar electric (photo-voltaic) systems. We also bought many meters of plastic pipes for building the frames.
Today 20 of our students start teaching 20 local youths to build these solar power systems. The electricity generated from the solar panels is fed into a controller, which directs the electricity either to the battery for storage, or to a number of outlets to power LED lights, charge mobile phones, etc.
Amazingly, they were able to assemble a working system before lunch. The local youths are very enthusiastic. Our students are eager. Together they did us proud. The plan is to use 3 days to assemble the 45 systems and to train the local youths to assemble and maintain the systems.
In the following 4 days, the team will be going into 3 villages to install 45 systems for 45 households. It is a sizeable engineering project. Let us see how it will pan out. If everything works out, there will be 45 households who will now have electricity for the first time. There will be 20 local youths from these villages who can maintain these systems, to keep them working. These 20 local youths have mostly graduated from secondary school who are now looking for jobs. Hopefully the skills they acquire will be beneficial for them, as well as their own community.