Thank you Sultan. For sure we all understand and we are all feeling the pinch of it. Unless we provide access to a sustainable energy, no other interventions can succeed given the effects of climate change like prolonged droughts that has failed us for over 5 consecutive years for agroforestry projects as well as tree planting. That is why we are passionate about solar water pumps to provide irrigation in place of rain fed which is now unreliable and unpredictable. So this project would provide support for a good number of projects and programmes. Thanks for your time. Regards Godfrey Obua
Hi Sultan, Thank you for your comments. Well, it would sound as the cheapest but only if it were renewable and sustainable in the rural areas, where in the next 10 years or so there would be nomore space for tree planting either than for cultivation of crops. And do you not think the situation is already more expensive? In addition, we would also love to hear from you more about the best alternative that would also increase access to energy by rural people. Furthermore, when we are considering about the numerous problems, like disappearing forests, scarcity of firewood, the long distances that women and girls have to travel risking their lives in search of fire woods and the insecurity these involve, the health risks from the smokes for the users, women and children-see attachment, the reports that people have to skip cooking meals or sometimes cook from the neighbourhoods, the refugees’ clashes with the hosts, the demand by refugees being over 1 kilogram of fire wood per day and that of the hosts being over 2 kilograms of fire wood per day, competition over the scarce resources due to increase in population and many more. I think these are a lot more expensive as it involves humanitarian relationships, risking lives, health hazards, and the environment/climate change, than using solar power that is far less than €1/kwh. To us we take solar as the best alternative energy source that we should promote to intervene for all these energy crisis, not only for being renewable or lying within the Equator but also being reliable, as even the government is using solar in place of hydroelectricity on all the new tarmac streets in the newly created cities up country. So for these interventions, we are not only targeting the camps, as the hosts are also recovering from the effects of the twenty year war which also affected the forests and the vegetation in this region as well and the refugees settlement have only added on to the situation that was already vulnerable to desertification due degradation effects. This project aimed to serve both communities, for the refugees camps, we would seek advice from our partners working for these refugees to find the best way to intervene or to find out whether there is a possibility of subsidizing some costs involved, that we may not be able to cover by this project, so that the refugees could also benefit fully for their various usages. As for the hosts, we shall install affordable solar panels or plants as well as bio gas energy in all the areas hard hit by the effect of camps for the hosts communities to use the renewable energy power to restore the degraded lands, tree planting and fruits growing, in areas where the Internally Displaced People’s camps-IDPs, were located, to be powered by solar water pumps as well as for irrigation of their farms to reduce food insecurity and for use by communities to create enterprise development. Solar energy is not expensive at all. We already have some few people using it in a small scale for irrigation of farms and at their homes. Finally, we would encourage developing communities to go for renewable energy that has so far proven as a more efficient energy alternative for constructive rural development. Regards, Godfrey Obua.