Latest News - June 2014
Work Continues to Complete the Workshop in Readiness to Train new "Solar Grannies"
"Solar Granny" Odette with the builder
A builder, Celsestin, and other workers are being assisted by one of the "Solar Grannies" - Odette. They are breaking large stones to make the floor foundation which is almost complete and also plastering/rendering the inside walls. Following this, work will begin on the ceiling and the floor completed.
The workshop was initially used to store the solar equipment which was then installed into each house by the Solar Grannies. It is now being used to store spare equipment and as a repair centre to ensure each home continues to benefit from the solar power.
RUGO intends to use the Karambi experience as a model for future projects in Rwanda. The ladies themselves are now keen to pass on their knowledge and RUGO, having identified further villages in Rwanda without electricity, wish to raise further funds to provide training to "new solar grannies" and fund the necessary equipment and maintenance workshops in the new villages. Please DONATE.
Celestin the builder, helpers, "Solar Granny" Odette and Mike Hughes, Chairman of RUGO
The recent history of Rwanda, which culminated in the genocide of 1994, devastated the Rwandan economy and destroyed much of the infrastructure. Tragically the death of up to one million people left the human resource base, and in particular that of trained personnel, in a desperate situation. Eighteen years on the new Government has succeeded in rehabilitating infrastructure, restoring public services and re-establishing a credible government in the eyes of both the people of Rwanda and the international community.
Rwanda has no appreciable natural resource mineral base. The Government of Rwanda has realised that, in order to develop the country, it needs to develop the human resource base in particular in the areas of science and technology.Rwanda United Kingdom Goodwill Organisation (RUGO) is devoted to the advancement of education and training of the people of Rwanda and has undertaken a number of projects to improve life in Rwanda.
Music Afternoon in the Garden
6th July 2014
Following the success of previous years Linda and Steve Wells held a Musical Afternoon in the Garden of thier home in Claygate, Surrey
From 2pm to 7pm there was tea, cakes and wine and beer with a sale of handicrafts and various plants. Music all afternoon was superbly provided by "Claygate impromptu" consisting of Claygate residents Stuart Coldwell playing piano and Anna McLachlan singing operatic gems.
There were various photo displays, and an update on the latest RUGO project to Solar Electrify the Village of Karambi together with an outline of the future plans for additional projects. An overview of the Project can be downloaded by clicking here
Similar events have been very succesful in previous years with the 2013 event raising over £800 for RUGO and the Karambi Solar Electrification in particular.
Click here to see more pictures of the 2014 event.