Latest News - January 2013
Visit by RUGO's Secreatry Alex Morton confirms that just 17 Houses are left to complete the Solar Electrification of Karambi Village
After months of fundraising, identifying the ladies to undertake the project, their training at the Barefoot College in India, the delivery of the equipment and the building of a workshop the solar electrification of the Village of Karambi is nearly complete.
Karambi House with Solar Panels
On returning from their training in September the equipment was delivered to a nearby village whilst a Workshop was built to be used for assembly and maintenance and, from where, the electrification of the village is centred.
In November, whilst waiting for the workshop to be completed the four ladies undertook a Pilot exercise connecting two houses to show their skills and make the other villagers understand what they will be receiving when all the houses are solar electrified.
Since then, the ladies have benn working hard connecting all the houses in the village. Alex Morton, Secretary of RUGO on his latest visit to Rwanda from the UK, visited Karambi on 3rd January and has confirmed that progress has been excellent. Alex commented "When I visited there were 17 houses remaining to be "lit up" based upon counting up the number of batteries in the workshop. We spent some time at the workshop and then visited some of the houses that have been "lit up". Progress is excellent and already the children are huddled up in the homes that have light to do their homework!!"
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 Evening - June 16th 2013
18, Hare Lane, Claygate, Surrey
Following the success of previous years Linda and Steve Wells are holding a Music Evening in their garden at 18, Hare Lane, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 9BS on Sunday June 16th in aid of RUGO.
The music evening will follow The Claygate Open Garden Trail which is being held around Claygate from 2pm to 5-30pm when teas will be available and a plant sale will take place.
The evening event, specifically in aid of RUGO will take the form of various artists playing music in the garden with canapes, wine, beer and soft drinks for refreshments.
There will also be various photo displays, and an update of, the latest RUGO project to Solar Electrify the Village of Karambi.
All are welcome to attend both the Garden Trail and the Music Evening.
Tickets are £10 each and are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day at 18 Hare Lane. Parking for disabled only can be arranged in advance by calling the Wells' at 01372 462895.
Click here to see pictures of the last such event