African village lit up thanks to Yate Rotary Club

October 04 2016

YATE’S linked village in West Africa has had solar lighting installed in every household with the help of a £1,600 donation from the town’s Rotary Club members.

YATE’S linked village in West Africa has had solar lighting installed in every household with the help of a £1,600 donation from the town’s Rotary Club members.
The money was the biggest single cash gift the Yate-Genieri Link had received and covered the cost of supplying 45 solar-powered lightbulbs and their installation.
It meant all 50 compounds in the village in The Gambia could have a solar light - a benefit to households that often contain an extended family of ten people or more.
Until the work was carried out by specialist company ComAfrique, villagers in Genieri used to light their homes with candles at an equivalent cost of 11p a day.
Now every family contributes the equivalent of 3p a day to a fund, which will be used to replace lights as they wear out and to provide an income for the village.
As well as being safer, the lights also give more time for children to do their homework and improves the social life of the village.
Yate and District Rotary Club said on a recent visit to Genieri, the Link’s Jez Truelove and Gwyn Rogers had assessed the viability of the scheme, which the entire population supported.
While there, they also set up a trial solar light in the village’s primary health centre, which allows safer health care to be provided at night.