According to a report by the United Nations, more than one in five people across the globe live without access to reliable electricity. We saw the effects of this firsthand in the Attiwa District in rural Ghana. In this bustling district, life is about progress and a hopeful, entrepreneurial spirit abounds. Education and health care have been the focus of our partner World Joy for years and as a result the area is beginning to thrive. Still, a lack of reliable electricity inevitably slows progress. Our focus, in partnership with World Joy, Empower Playgrounds and Goal Zero, was to do our small part to enhance life in this incredible area with reliable power applications. The videos in this mini-series provide a glimpse into the projects we undertook. Happy viewing!
A growing network of health clinics varying in size throughout the small villages in the Attiwa District are ensuring people have ready access to basic health care. However, the safe storage of critical pharmaceuticals, ability to care for the sick in the evening hours and reliance on technology to support care rely on access to power. In conjunction with Goal Zero and World Joy, Viridian installed three solar panels on this health clinic in Asunafo to help with a more secure future.
Education is critical to the progress of these growing villages. Through World Joy, in addition to primary schools, kindergartens and high schools, there is a focus on adult and community education. Viridian's participation in the Asunafo Library project included solar panels powering light and lanterns for community check out as well as remodeling the library with shelves. In addition, our Associates donated more than 1,000 books and implemented a cataloging system through the African Library Project to help the community truly reap the benefits of this library.
Wekpeti School Merry-Go-Round
For school children in Wekpeti, a merry-go-round was a welcome source of recreation. The fact that the playground addition, an innovative concept from Empower Playgrounds, also generates electricity that powers a group of portable lanterns the children can check out for evening at-home study made this project truly wonderful. This small, remote, village has blossomed without access to any electricity and will surely continue to blossom even more now that the school and its children can be empowered with light.
Abrenya School Merry-Go-Round
Only a few short months before Viridian arrived, this small village of Abreyna in the Attiwa District was a walk-in-only village. Now, along with a small dirt road, life giving well provided by World Joy and newly installed electricity-generating merry-go-round, the children in this village have a much brighter future. The children said it best in a song they performed after the install was complete: "We are the future of Ghana." Indeed they are and we are proud to have played our small part.
In any country around the world, the enthusiasm of a group of kindergarteners is something to see. It was no different in Asunafo, where we repainted this kindergarten, complete with a custom painted border of the handprints of each of the beautiful children who come here to learn each day. The school was previously built by World Joy and Viridian provided some much needed repairs and repainting for the next chapter of its life.