Friday 7 December 2012

Our Clients: Renewable World - Offering A Lifeline

Back in June, I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah from Renewable World, a charity devoted to tackling poverty through the provision of renewable energy. They do important work that transforms lives.

That work has been recognised, as Renewable World has been selected to feature in the BBC's 2013 Lifeline Appeal. This is a big deal--only one international charity a year is chosen to feature in the appeal.

Lifeline will feature Renewable World's work in Nepal, and the face of the programme, Daybreak's Gethin Jones will be travelling there in January to visit the partners and communities with which the charity is working.

How can technology help rural communities in the foothills of the Himalayas? Well, let's consider the simplest of things; access to water. If you spend a large chunk of your day fetching and carrying water to tend to your crops, then things tend to get put aside. Like education. If you need your kids to help you in the daily grind of subsistence farming, then you can't afford to send them to school.

So, by providing a hydraulic ram pump to get that water up to the terraces where those communities live, you can instantly see the benefits. Newly mobilised water resources are helping them to grow more high-value crops, increasing household income. Better yet, it means that kids can be sent to school, and that families can spend more valuable time together. A simple thing that we all take for granted can empower whole communities at the turn of a tap.

I've been a fan of Renewable World since I found out about their work, and I'm chuffed to hear that a lot more people are about to do the same. They will be featured in a 9-minute film in February as part of the Lifeline Appeal, and I'll be sure to let you know when you can watch it, and see for yourselves how Renewable World are changing lives for the better.

Find out more about Renewable World's work in Nepal here.

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