I regularly work with people who live in the Congo, even though I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Last week, I got on Skype at a scheduled time to meet with Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau who lives in the DRC. Just as we had planned, she was online and we began catching up on her work with a computer lab in Kamina. She mentioned that electricity was out, which shocked me – how could we be meeting without electricity?
I asked her about it. Betty quickly replied,
“You see, this computer you have provided is very appropriate for this context. I charge it when we have electricity, and now I am using it and candlelight. This is communication.”
Reliable power is a major problem where Betty lives. Global and local communications can’t happen effectively without electricity, and limit her ability to communicate with changemakers abroad. Laptop computers that use less power than desktop computers and have long battery life make a good alternative and can keep communications flowing. Portable solar options can keep the battery charged, provide light and cellphone charging.
Rev. Antoine Otoka recently wrote me about receiving a Nokero light and cellphone charger:
“I enjoyed it very much. I have light every night at home, and my phone never lowbat again. Thank you.”
Watch this video by award-winning animator Firdaus Kharas that includes even more about the importance of solar solutions…and be sure to share with others!