In my opinion, this story is phenomenal. According to statistics on http://www.akonlightingafrica.com, 600 million Africans still don’t have access to electricity, particularly in rural areas. Akon is a Senegalese-American “musicpreneur” who is choosing to give back in a major way to his home country. Not only does his initiative aim to provide immediate energy solutions to these areas, but he is establishing the Solar Academy for students to learn from experts and make groundbreaking discoveries in that arena. According to the site.
Lighting up Africa works to:
• Allow school children and students to do their homework and pass their exams.
• Allow shopkeepers, tradesmen and cooks to work and small businesses to expand their activities and revenues.
• Make roads safer and improve the structure of public places in Africa. It helps guarantee the continuity of healthcare services as doctors are able to examine patients after dark.
• Provide a great opportunity for families who will be saved from using pollutant, toxic and costly domestic fuels such as kerosene.
• Ensure better access to information, through the radio, television or computer, and improve communications as the people will be able to recharge mobile phones faster and cheaper.
• Empower the young people of Africa, who account for 70% of the population and who will be responsible for driving growth.
Please visit http://www.akonlightingafrica.com for more detailed information and how you can volunteer.