Only 29% of households in sub-Saharan Africa have electricity.
Diesel combustion generators produce many more particles per unit volume of air than gasoline, and the higher the particle concentration in ambient air, the greater the risk of lung and heart disease.
When households (and students!) do not have access to generators, they must turn to kerosene lamps or candles for lighting. This creates other health risks, including burns and poor respiratory health.
Even hospitals and schools often have limited access to reliable electricity; it’s a painful irony that institutions for health and education are forced to contribute to the declining health of their communities due to generator use.
Deeper Missions works directly on solar electric projects, as well as partnering with other nonprofits and communities to help brighten the future of students, schools, community centers and hospitals in West Africa.
Along with larger solutions, Deeper Missions is committed to getting personal solar powered lamps into the hands of students and trades people, so they can study and work without the harmful effects of diesel exhaust or the hazards of open flames.
If you would like to contribute to the future health of students and their communities, please click here to share in our ongoing work, including solar electric projects. Additionally, if you would like to support these projects directly through Deeper Missions team travel, let us know your interest by contacting us.